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Wake Up Call

This is not our house.

We are currently under attack by a bird. Kamikaze Karl rams himself into one of the high windows in the living room, over and over. This starts at dawn. He proceeds to the side window under the japanese maple and rams again and again. Sometimes he progresses to the dining room, at the other side. It is a loud banging noise. There is nothing subtle about Karl. He's about the size of a pigeon but not one. It has been going on for about half a year and I am at my wit's end. He does this all day. We put statues in the windows to help him, and that day he fluttered up to the window and didn't bang, left for an entire day. We celebrated. Then he went home to his nest and read The Art of War and returned the next day and got WORSE. Now he is at war with the statues. So what wierdness are you experiencing at your house?

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I think they see their reflection in the window glass and want to fight it - I have heard about things you can do - one lady I know put a towel over her screen door for a couple of days to keep the robin from doing that. That gave the bird time to forget about it . Another put trash bags over her side mirrors on her car cause the birds were making a mess down the side of her car while they were trying to fight their reflection. I had a young robin do that to my bedroom window. Every time I would go open the curtain - he would quit - so I left the curtain open. He gave up. I have heard about printing off a picture of a cat to tape in the window. Don't know if that will work or not. Also heard of covering the outside of the window with something, or having something that flaps in the wind, more ideas to think about.

08.9.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle

I had a hummingbird come IN my living room just a couple of days ago. Catching him without hurting him was tricky, and the dogs were going crazy. Quite the scene. Even worse was last year when a magpie came in. He was creepy, like a scene from The Birds. Good luck with Karl... I've no suggestions but I am sympathetic to your plight! x

Strange that it has been going on for so long. I wonder if putting something on the outside of the windows would slow him down, like post it notes or some of those peal off holiday window stickers that aren't permanent (maybe they would have Fall/Back to school ones available now), or even window crayons? Hope he quits and leaves you in peace soon.

08.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKirstin

We've been moving the little statues around and that seems to quiet him for a few hours. I'm thinking we do need something on the outside of the window, but it is blocked by a retaining wall and rose bushes and would be quite difficult to reach. We are basically trying different things in the window he likes most.

08.10.2012 | Registered Commentergypsy

We have a Cardinal do it every year but it is short lived- he is defending his territory. But comes back every year. Window stickers can help. I am surprised as well on the long time and I would be at wits end as well. Oh my.

08.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCArol

Heh, our bird experience is with a female cardinal we have dubbed Beak First. She must live in the bushes near our living room window, but every day it seems she thwacks it hard with her beak. No clue why. However I think Beak First must have moved away, because I no longer hear her in the morning when I get up to make my lunch for school.

09.5.2012 | Unregistered Commenteragnespterry

We've determined that it is Kamikaze Karla rather than Karl. She is grey and her good friend, who I assume is Karl, is red. She got worse and the past week she has been much better just ramming the window a few times per day.

09.5.2012 | Registered Commentergypsy

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