What to do about window strikes

Did you know that you can reduce or eliminate window strikes just by moving your feeders?  Bird feeders should be either less than 3 feet from a window or more than 30 feet.  Birds using feeders very close to a window don’t have the room to gather enough speed to cause harm if a strike occurs.  And those feeding far away generally can recognize that your windows are a part of a building! 

Wildlife rehabilitator Tim Jasinski cares for a Connecticut Warbler that struck a window.

How to help a bird who has flown into a window:

  • Gently cover and catch the bird with a towel and place them in a paper grocery bag and fold down and clip the opening closed. 
  • Keep the bird in a warm, dark and quiet place. 
  • Check on the bird after about an hour, but don’t touch the bird.
  • If the bird seems to have recovered or you hear fluttering inside, carry the container outside and open it. Then quietly step back, and see if the bird flies away. If they don’t, carefully take them back inside and contact an Ohio Wildlife Rehabber

Deb Oexmann
Executive Director
Bruckner Nature Center

What to do about window strikes