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What Should I Do About My Suicidal Cardinal?

March 25, 2011 by  

What Should I Do About My Suicidal Cardinal?

I know of a suicidal cardinal.

Let me make something perfectly clear, as a disgraced former President used to say, I am most emphatically not talking about a high Catholic official. I’m referring to a little feathered friend that’s been pestering me lately.

A female cardinal has apparently decided that my office window is the worst threat she and her babies have ever faced. For the past month or so she has been attacking it dozens of times a day. The top-right window pane (too high to reach from the outside without a ladder) is now covered with marks from the times she has tried to peck it to death.

By the way, I am not alone. Two of my neighbors also have cardinals that are driving them crazy with their all-out attacks on their windows. Dean, the gentlemen on my left, has gone to extremes to find a preventative.

First, he went to the local hardware store and asked if they had anything that would help. “Sure thing,” they responded. They sold him a very handsome wooden hawk that stands about two feet high.

A few days later, Dean reported the results: Zero. Nada. Nothing. Zilch. His cardinal was still attacking his window with wild abandon. So he called the hardware store to complain that their “solution” didn’t work.

“Where did you put the hawk?” he was asked. “On the lawn in front of the window,” was his reply.

“Well, that’s your problem,” he was told. “The bird can’t see it down there. You need to hang it in front of the window she’s attacking.” “How do I do that?” was his response.

When they tried to sell him a pole he could put in front of his window, to hang the hawk from, he asked if there wasn’t any other solution he could try first. “Sure,” they told him. “Cover the inside of your windows so the bird doesn’t see her reflection. That’s what she’s attacking — she thinks it’s another bird invading her territory.”

So now Dean has newspapers taped all over his front windows. The blackout seems to be working fairly well. Most of the time the bird leaves him alone, he tells me. It’s only when the sun strikes the window exactly right that she’s back, flying against his window again and again.

“What about the hawk?” I asked him. “It’s still on the ground in front of the window,” he told me. “I like it too much to take it back. And who knows? Maybe it’s keeping the squirrels from invading my attic.”

“And how do you like having your window covered with newspaper” I asked him. He just looked at me.

A few days later, Dean and I were talking with our across-the-street neighbor, Dale. It turns out Dale has the same problem Dean and I have been experiencing — a delusional cardinal keeps attacking the windows on the eastern side of his house. Dale said he done a little research and learned the following:

First, cardinals are incredibly territorial. They mate for life, use the same nest over and over again and go crazy when any other cardinal tries to invade their territory. I knew this was true from experiences I had back in Atlanta. We abutted a tributary of the Chattahoochee River and all of the acreage behind us had been declared wetlands. It was strictly off-limits to developers, so we had all sorts of wildlife back there. The deer were so prolific that they became a threat to landscaping — and your car. A friend had a nasty accident when one ran right in front of him and he couldn’t stop in time.

We had several bird feeders in our back yard and a family of cardinals was quite happy to make their home in the area. That is, until the following year, when their offspring became adults. I thought it would be cool to see two or three generations of cardinals gobbling down the seeds we put out for them. Nope. Year after year, mama cardinal drove her sons and daughters away.

Dale and I enjoyed a hearty laugh as Dean explained the on-going battle he was engaged in. Dean, a kind and gentle soul, was determined to keep his bird from killing itself. Dale and I disagreed with him.

“I’m sorry, Dean,” I told him, “but I believe in the survival of the fittest. If my bird is so stupid that it knocks its brains out, or even kills itself, I’m not going to interfere. Maybe other babies will be smarter.”

I also said that, in time, her eggs would become babies and her babies would grow up. When that happened, I was willing to bet, mama bird would cease her attacks on my window.

When I repeated the story to my wife, she glared at me. A few days later she dropped a small package on my desk. “Put these up,” she ordered.

It turns out she had done something Dale, Dean and I never thought of doing. She went to the nearest Wild Birds Unlimited store and asked them what to do. If you’re not familiar with Wild Birds, it’s a national franchise composed of local owners who are dedicated birders. In addition to all sorts of bird seed, including unique blends made just for that area, they sell bird feeders, fountains, recordings and more paraphernalia than you knew existed, all related to birds. I was such a good customer of the store near us in Atlanta, I think that when we moved away the owners sold it and retired to a wealthy community in Arizona.

Anyway, Wild Birds said they had the answer. The package my wife dropped on my desk consisted of two plastic decals of hawks. The package promised that, if I would peel ‘em off and stick them on the outside of my windows, Mrs. Cardinal would not bother me again.

The package for WindowAlert® proclaimed, “Millions of wild birds are killed each year from flying into windows. You can help reduce this loss of life,” it promised.

Here was the explanation I found inside: “The decal contains a component which brilliantly reflects ultraviolet sunlight. This ultraviolet light is invisible to humans, but glows like a stoplight for birds. Birds have vision that is up to 12 times better than that of humans.”

For those of you who are more technically minded, the insert went on to explain that we humans have only 10,000 color-vision cells per square millimeter, while our bird friends have 120,000. Also, we have 200,000 low-light rod cells per sq/mm, while birds have 500,000. And here, for me, was the clincher: Our eye retina is three-cone, or trichromatic, while birds’ are four-cone, or quad-chromatic.

Of course they’ll see a hawk decal that is invisible to me!

So as soon as I finish this Straight Talk column, I’m going to get the extension ladder out of our garage, place it against the roof in front of my office window, climb the darned thing and carefully affix the plastic hawk decals to my window.

I gotta tell you, if I fall off that thing and break my neck, my parting thought will be imagining mama cardinal bragging to her husband how she beat the big creature that tried to scare her off. “Our babies are safe!” she’ll trill.

Well, actually not trill. Cardinals don’t make beautiful music, like many other birds. Their “speech” is sort of a monotone stutter. Still, I’ll try to keep the one who has adopted us from killing herself.

I’ll report back in two weeks whether or not the decals worked. Of course, even if mama bird does leave us alone, how do we know the decals were the reason? Maybe her babies were born and she’s been too busy feeding them to bother about a reflection from my window.

Yes, I know. Some of you will think this story is strictly for the birds. And I can’t say I blame you.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

–Chip Wood

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • M. J. Borgerding RN

    I’ve got one too. It flies into my patio door a couple hundred times a day. This has been happening every spring for several years. Is this a loophole in Darwin’s Law?

    • Carlucci

      Same thing for me. A female has built a nest in a trellis vine right at one of my front windows. She pecks the window every morning. I’m going to try the hawk decals. Thanks for the tip, Chip.

      • Kate8

        Same here. Some of them who’ve hit I’ve been able to save, but sometimes not.

        It’s gotten so the cat sits and watches for them.

        • Dan az

          That sounds like a liberal bird.
          For the past month or so she has been attacking it dozens of times a day. sounds like the progs and libs here.No reason just here to aggravate us.Not a red neck by any means but I would declare open season or a no fly zone.Just saying.

  • Richard

    Sounds like an excellent solution.

  • Dan

    If you think Cardinals are territorial then you have to watch Hummingbirds around a feeder. If I could learn keep the Brown Headed Cowbirds out of my bird feeders I’d be a happy camper. They just love to throw the seeds all over the place and will empty a large feed in a day eating very little of it. I’ve even tried special blends they aren’t supposed to like and I think they just like tormenting me.

    • Sally Farrar

      Redwinged Blackbirds are a problem too. They’re such bullies and the littler fellows fly away when those thugs come in by the dozens. I look like a NUT running around in the backyard screaming at them and chasing them off. They fly into the trees and wait for me to return to the house and then they swoop back down. One thing I’ve tried that has actually helped is to take a tennis racket and a tennis ball out there and hit the ball up into the trees that they’ve flown up into. I never have hit one (darn it) but they do not like that green missile coming at them and they do take off and have stopped coming back as much.
      Yes, yes, yes….the visuals are bad, I know. I do feel like a crazy person running around yelling and hitting balls up into trees but I have several feeders and they are not meant for those nasty thugs.

      • Mike in MI


    • Kate8

      Dan – I had a hummingbird that spent a whole season guarding the feeder, fighting off any other birds who tried to come to it.

      Winter came, and all the other birds were gone south. But Mr. Hummer still sat on the wire next to the feeder, with snow flying all around him. He simply refused to leave it.

      Was the darndest thing.

      • Mike in MI

        K88 -
        Probably waiting for you to put something in it!!!

    • Elector Murp

      Dan, you are so right about Hummingbirds. I have several feeders spread around yard and I’ve seen same bird(s) go from one feeder to another to scare away other birds.

      • Vigilant

        Those hummingbirds sure like the color red. Two or three times when I was wearing a bright red T-shirt, one would suddenly appear out of nowhere, hovering about 3 feet from me, until it decided I was not edible (or drinkable, I guess). The sudden, loud buzzing is daunting until you realize what it is.

        Very flighty birds as well. If I turn my head when they come to the porch feeder, they’ll fly away immediately.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          I’ve sat right under my feeder as they have fed at it!! I’ve got some great pictures, even on my phone!!

        • Carlucci

          Hummingbirds are like butterflies in that they love the colors red and pink. We have a butterfly pyramid in my city and if you wear red or a vibrant pink, they think you are a big flower and will land on you.

  • Fantastic Frank

    Hi CHIP, It was a great story up to the end.,

    Because you did not finish it .. it should have been used as a metaphore for what is happening in the US… Which for some reason you did not yet finish.

    When will you finish this story?

    or do you hope that some one else will write it for you?



    • Dennis Buskirk

      If your thinking about something political, then yes he has finished the story where he ended it at. The cardinals he was talking about are in the class with animals that are wild and don’t depend on some politician to get by on. So I really hope this is not what you had in mind. Myself I think he wrote a wonderful article on those birds. And I know from past experience that they do as he said they was doing to his window. I’ve had them do the same thing to mine before. Only that one ended up breaking his neck and killing himself before I was able to do something to get him or her which ever it was to quit.
      Face it, all wildlife are not as smart as us humans are and then again there are some that are smarter than a lot of humans I know.

  • http://donthaveone Beberoni

    All you need to do is hang one of those suncatchers in the window, you know, they look like stained glass and have a chain hooked to a clear suction cup that you stick on the window. Then they clearly see something is there, and stop running into the window.

  • kilrntex

    Put a picture of Obama on the window. Maybe she’s a liberal? Sounds like she’s crazy enough.

    • Dennis Buskirk

      Why does everyone think everything that is wrote has to be political in some way. Get over it.

  • thomas mac

    What are the odds that a guy named “Chip” would have a neighbor named “Dale”?

    • Grandpa Ray

      LOL, that’s a good one. Chip and Dale. I was just not fast enough to put that one together.

    • Carlucci

      LOL – !!

  • bob wire

    Well, don’t fall and hurt yourself Chip. It’s not worth it!

    My guess is she is attacking her reflection when the sun and cloud cover are just right. I don’t know if the decal with work or not, worth a try if it’s not impossible to place it.

    I’ve used rubber snakes before. I had a situation to where these birds would come and roost at night in a tree over my parked truck. I’d park for the night and wake up the next morning to have my service truck encapsulated in bird dropping. It was a mess and required removal before I could drive off.

    Best of luck with it.

    I don’t know but it sound like a Tea Party bird to me, thinking she sees the devil but it’s just a reflection.

    • Vigilant

      No bob, there’s no doubt these birds are liberals. Chip’s mistake was putting out feeders (handouts, as it were).

      • bob wire

        hmm, I was just listen to Ms, Bachmann last night, she was tell us that the Tea Party is made up of many kinds of American, both democrats and republicans and independents, so according to her (and she should know) I could still be right!

        There is just something about that lady I like. I think she should select McCain for a vise , make a great GOP ticket.

        • Cawmun Cents

          Hey a wino and a hobo would be better than what we now have.Hey bob wire…why dont you run for office?

      • Dennis Buskirk

        What is with you people? They put something in print that has nothing what so ever to do with politics and jerks like you come along and because of your pure hatred for people that don’t follow you around or live their lives by stepping down to your level you have to make it something that it is not. And my first line here I have to wonder if you would even fit into that class where I said people. But I’m not going to go there and go down to your level. This story wasn’t about you but your determined to make it that way. Well I’m done. I see now that I’m just falling into your trap as well and I don’t want to have to go down there. So if it is possible have a nice life buddy. And some day I hope you learn to get over yourself.

    • Robert Smith

      posted: “I don’t know but it sound like a Tea Party bird to me,…”

      Yup, that fits a little pecker bird brain.


  • JoMama

    kilrntex – I like that!!

    Chip – I thought it was a great story. It kind of took my mind off of the other bad stuff for a while. Thank you. I’m looking forward to hearing about the rest of the story in two weeks. Good luck.

  • meteorlady

    So every year a couple of barn swallows were building a nest in our entryway and the bird poop was awful. The second year my husband tried to knock it down but we left for a week and when we got home they were happily sitting on the nest. He didn’t have the heart to knock it down with eggs, so we left it and clean the porch three times a day.

    Last year my husband started the bird wars in earnest. He would go out two times a day and break apart their mud nest. They would dive bomb him and he would eventually run into the house. Last year he successfully got them to move somewhere else, but this year they are back again.

    This year I was cleaning the porch and they started to fly at me and chirp loudly. So…. here’s to another year and the bird wars.

    • Vigilant

      Barn swallows are great to watch when they dive bomb the cats. Irritates the hell out of the cats, and they’re never able to snag ‘em.

      • Carlucci

        We used to have an issue with Blue Jays dive bombing our basset hounds. The hounds would come in with bloody peck marks on top of their heads.

        Blue Jays are very pretty, but mean and aggressive. I guess they are just trying to protect their young.

        • independant thinker

          Mocking birds are almost as bad as Blue Jays.

          • Kate8

            I enjoy the jays. They make me laugh, and they seem to get along well with the gray squirrels.

            We have aggressive blackbirds. There’s a small tree in front of the local healthfood store that the birds gather in, and in the spring they attack customers as they walk from their cars. I’ve had them hit me in the back, and it’s quite startling.

            Then there’s the ivy berries in the spring, and my patio gets covered with purple poop. I put up a shadecloth, and it helps some. Still, I feel so blessed to have these delightful creatures all around me. I love to just sit and enjoy their antics. I put feeders out for all of them. Cheap entertainment.

          • Vigilant


            Blackbirds can be very bold. When I was digging the garden in the Netherlands, one would occasionally hop up to about 4-5 feet from me, waiting for me to overturn worms. Who said there’s no such thing as a free lunch?

    • Jackie R

      Rather than destrouy the sallows nest, put a piece of fabric under the nest leaving room for the birds to go in and out. Do this after the little ones have fleged. You could go to the closest Wild Bird store and ask them for ideas. You are so blessed to have those bug eating machines at your house, Mother Nature knows what she is doing.
      Good luck and think of those nasty bugs that want to get into your home.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Put a little grease where they build the nest and where they land. It’ll stop.

    • Willowspring

      Barn Swallows nested this past year on the inside top of one of our porch columns. Yes, it was a mess, but oh, how we and the cat enjoyed watching them! What a treat. We must have taken 50 pictures of them through the window at all stages of development. There is one I was very happy to get of the parent bird, wings spread as she was hovering over the nest feeding one of the babies. All four babies would open their mouths as the parent bird flew up to the nest, but if I went out on the porch for a picture every head ducked down and they all looked like a fuzzy lump. We have one photograph framed it turned out so well. The clean up was well worth the enjoyment.

  • Dale Stockton


    The cardinals are territorial, when she sees her reflection in the glass, she thinks it’s another cardinal and wants to fight with it to drive it out of her territory. If you hang a piece of window screen over the window she is attacking, she won’t be able to see the reflection and will cease. This is a common problem with male robins in the spring also.

    Dale Stockton
    Wildlife Consulting Services

    • Vigilant

      Dale, given your specialty, can you tell me why I get a woodpecker every year for the last three years, assiduously pecking on the metal roof of my corncrib?

      • Dale


        Male woodpeckers will drum on whatever makes the loudest noise in the spring as a mating call. Whichever one can sound the loudest usually gets to mate with the local female, or it can be said the male woodpecker with the loudest pecker gets to mate.


        • Michael J.

          Excuse me Dale, but did you mean loudest, or biggest?

          • Vigilant

            LOL! I think I’ll go out and start pecking on the roof.

        • Vigilant

          Seriously, Dale, thanks for the answer. I thought I had mentally deficient woodpeckers here.

        • Kate8

          Good one, Dale! LOL!

          Seriously, thanks for the info. I never knew that’s why they peck so loudly. I thought they were after bugs, or cracking seeds or something.

      • Bill

        ya got a rock pecker, loves the sound of his own music! next you will have a band up there!

        • Bill

          If its a fat bird they you got a heavy metal bird!

          • Shenanigan

            lol, I love it. lol I’m really glad I don’t have a heavy metal rocker with a loud pecker on my roof. lol

    • Michelle

      I have the same problem with cardinals and robins. Screen doesn’t work as they have tore holes in mine while striking the windows. I have lived here 9 yrs and have had this problem for the last 3. they keep coming back every spring to attack one window out front and the patio door out back. I have tried newspaper, a hawk, a snake and an owl. HELP!!!

  • Les

    Window act just like a mirror because there is more light outside than inside. Simply put screens on the outside of the window. I know that a lot of people now have these fancy windows that have the screens on the inside since their windows swing out when opened. You can make a simple screen that connects to the outside of the window without harming their utility. I did that to mine because I have had this same problem with cardinals here in Maryland since forever.

    Problem solved. So can we get back to more pressing news????

    • Grandpa Ray

      Lee, it’s good to forget about news for a little while and read something that you know is true for a change.

  • Beverly Finn

    Good article—except for the comment about the cardinal’s singing. They are regarded as one of the finer singers in all of bird world; and I find their singing to be beautiful. They do not “stutter”(I am a speech pathologist, so I know what a true dysfluency is). Cardinals do repeat their refrains time after time, especially if “egged on” by a human, because they are so territorial.

    • Sally Farrar

      I agree with you—I love their sweet “Cheerio” song.

      • Carlucci

        So cardinals are the ones who sing the Cheerio song? I always wondered about that. When they come onto my patio and sit in the ficus tree, it sounds like they are making a “chink” type of sound.

    • armyvet

      Sorry about your stuttering Cardinal, Chip., My cardinals have several different songs they sing at different times. Yes, they repeat their songs at those times, but they are very cheery! Better songs than many other birds.

  • http://None Bill Schenck

    Glad to learn that I’m not the only one with Cardinal issues. I am plagued with a male Cardinal that attacks the mirrors and other shiny items on my truck and auto regardless of where we park around our home, leaving a mess wherever he attacks. On the truck he also leaves several small stones neatly tucked between the window glass and weather stripping. He also routinely attacks most of the windows on our house on a daily basis, leaving the familiar messes.

    Since I park the truck in our driveway most of the time, I have devised a way to stop him from at least attacking the mirrors: Wal-Mart bags tied over the mirrors works fine and with this,he has virtually stopped the constant attacks on our vehicles. The house windows are another matter and I plan to implement some of the methods I’ve learned here. By the way, plastic owls don’t work either.

    • Bill

      BB gun and the problem just goes away! Don,t shoot your glass out! or was that eye. If worried about bird health, automatic salt shaker, aim for the tail!

  • Kimo

    A pellet gun works well.

    • mustangnut

      Good point! But I was thinking more on the lines of a shotgun…doesn’t let ‘em suffer long.

      • mustangnut

        Almost forgot, yes birds are territorial, but guess what…so am I. My truck and house are very expensive and when a bird decides it’s going to attack either of them…guess who’s going to lose that battle…not me. A couple of years ago a pair of woodpeckers decided the stucco and underlying foam were easy targets. They proceeded to drill holes all over the exterior in the course of one day. When I arrived home after work and saw the damage it sort of took my breath away. But 10 minutes later and a little target practice the problem was solved. Needless to say I still had a $5000.00 repair bill and the woodpeckers were probably singing “hahahahaha” somewhere in bird heaven.

      • Macawma

        Uh…mustangnut…they are a protected species. All songbirds are protected. Learn to live with them, their nesting habits are temporary, and don’t forget some of these birds eat their fair share of nasties like mosquitos and grubs.

        • mustangnut

          Oh…don’t get me wrong here…I love birds, just not the ones that decide to wreak havoc on my home and other proerty. In fact some birds are wonderful…like ducks, geese, turkeys, pheasants, grouse…they all taste great with a little cream of mushroom soup, and I don’t even like mushrooms.

  • Ellen McClay

    I’m glad someone defended the cardinal’s song. I have a pair out back and enjoy their whistling which seems rather beautiful to me (almost canary-like) and miss it on days not there! Of course, my long passed- away dad, a professional musician, always said I had a tin-ear, so maybe that’s my problem!

  • dan

    Grackels got in my attic in the spring and made a nest against the nice
    warm chimney…which caught fire and burned the house down.After the fire ,they sat in the close-bye apple-tree and loudly protested at how I had allowed such a disaster.

    A check of your attic in the spring for uninvited guests…

  • Casey

    Dear Chip,

    My bird was a robin. All summer, it seemed, he (or she) would sit in my Redbud outside the office and smack the window every couple of minutes. I was glad to see the end of that season!

    Wouldn’t you know, there he (or she) was the next year – same thing! Furthermore, he (or she) perched on a branch about three feet away form a Mourning Dove nest.

    If he (or she) comes back this year, I’ll have to try the hawk sticker. I might just cut down the Redbud.

  • thomas mac

    Kamakazie Kardinal?

  • Ron

    I believe your little friend is seeing her reflection in your window and is attacking a conceived enemy bird.


    Birds don’t deal well with reflective glass surface especially during the mating season. in the past I have found that obstacles like clear plastic curtain strips and window screens are the best preventative and seems to be the most evffective. Beats the heck out of standing guard and worrying.

  • s c

    OK, Chip, thanks for the brief interlude. Now, in the matter of your next article, I suggest something like ‘What America Can Do About Suicidal Politicans.’
    Politicians who ponder suicide for themselves might not bother me too much, but our “leaders” seem bent on suiciding America, and THAT topic has my immediate, focused attention.
    In the cardinal matter, try putting reflective films on your windows (so they’ll look like shiny sunglasses).

    • Michael J.

      Try to be a bit more compassionate. Politics is a high stress occupation… They never know when their going to be caught!

  • newspooner

    Hey Chip, do you remember from when you lived in the Northeast how a Ruffed Grouse (American Partridge) would occasionaly come crashing through somebody’s living room window for no apparent reason? Obviously this would happen much less often in housing developments that are largely devoid of trees. The reason for these fatal (to the bird) crashes must simply be that window glass must just look like air (depending on angles and reflections) to some birds. Maybe cardinals don’t wee window glass the same as we do. Anyhow, the problem of grouses crashing through windows is now much less than it used to be since the increased coyote population has devastated the grouse population, the rabbit population, the pheasant population, the woodcock polulation, and others. Very sad, since grouse, rabbits, woodcocks, and pheasants taste mcuh better than coyotes. But saddest of all is the stupidity of the ecofreaks who think that the coyotes should be protected. They must be grouse, rabbit, woodcook, pheasant haters.

    • Thamera

      newspooner: The same goes for the wolves re-introduced in Yellowstone. They have decimated the elk herds and have spread far outside the Yellowstone border. It has become a horrible problem and still the “ecofreaks” are back in court suing the states that now have to deal with this problem.

      • Bill

        we need to find a way to sue the ecofreaks! one at a time till they are penniless and move back in with mommy and daddy, or find a way to make them extinct, for me extinct works, like tree huggers, wait till they chain them selves around the trees on a logging cut then go to work, ya now don’t need the oil for the chain, works great as a lube, a bit messy but gets the logs down for harvest and rid of the ecofreaks too, its a win win situation, and the ecofreaks or what is left of them don’t sue for some reason, these fools need to be made responsible for the economic crises they foolhardily create, and we need the ability to individually sue them for there possessions when they do cause disruption. This ecofreaks costs a logging company X amount per day the logging company should be able to sue him for the charges, round up each and every one of them and sue them individually for the costs. When these socialist ignorant snots learn they cost people and they are then charged for there crimes this will start to stop, same with the EPA we should sue it for each factory workers lost wages. and the cost to the factory! there is a place for environments and a place for factory and workers, the two must be able to work together! ways found where our factory’s run and the river damaged as little as possible, those that say the best thing is for man to disappear for mother earth to heal, I say show us environments disappear first!

      • newspooner

        You ar right!! And let’s not forget the herons. Since they have been federally protected, their numbers have exploded so much that you can no longer find trout in the shallow streams where they were abundant 30 years ago. Fish & Game Dept. stocks the trout, and very soon the herons have eatem more than half of them. Fish & Game Dept. stocks the pheasants, and during the first night the coyotes have eaten more than half of them. I am so damn tired of going pheasant hunting to get something good to eat, and only coming home with a big bag of feathers. Government has a way or messing up everything.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          According to what I read the other day, don’t let the gov. find out about the feathers. That is now against the law!!! Especially if it is a protected bird like an eagle!!

  • Trevis Moss

    Had both Cardnel AND swallow problems. The reflectors on the window (inside, solves the atachment problem) and Observation showed the swallows need a even so small horzontal surface to atach to. I Cut al. strips and attached them to eliminate those surfaces and painted them to match the surround surfaces and that worked fine.
    My porch had a beam some 14 feet above the floor and four columns to cover thise horzontal trim surfaces to, so the ladder bit was a must I had to brave.

  • Jackie

    Great story, but I’m not you’re patient kind of gal, so waiting to see if the decals worked is going to be hard for me…lol.
    I have a problem that I need an answer to; we have several blue bird houses posted on post on our fence that outlines our backyard. Every year blue bird pairs come and lay their eggs inside the little houses. Before they can hatch, sparrows (I think thats what they are) come and invade the houses, destroy the eggs and take over residency. We have tried different things to make them go away, but to no avail. It’s so sad to see the momma blue birds sit close by seamingly mourning the loss of their babies. Does anyone have a solution to prevent the sparrows from invading the blue bird homes? The access holes to the inside of the houses are very small and we didn’t think other birds would be able to invade, but that’s no so.

    • Carlucci

      Contact your state wildlife organization. They should have an answer on how to save the blue birds from the sparrows.

    • Bill

      BB gun and time to take out the offending party’s, works with environmentalist and larger cal. weapons too, Some species like the do do bird are breed for extinction, I believe environmentalist are on that list!

      • Jackie

        You’re bad to the bone Bill…(Except for the environmentalist)!

  • Bootsaddle

    I have many cardinals around my home. They used to fly into the sliding door windows in the spring. I realized that they could see the artificial trees in the area inside the window. I figured they were trying to nest in the safest place, so I moved the tree so they couldn’t see it. They quit flying into the window.

    Cardinals are very intelligent. While I was sitting on the deck in the back of the house one day 2 cardinals flew around the house and lit in the tree right next to where I was sitting. They were literally chattering. It got my attention and I realized they wanted me to follow them, they kept flying off the limb toward the side of the house they had come from, so I followed them. One of their chicks had fallen out of their nest and my pup (cavalier king charles spaniel) was trying to play with the chick. I picked up the chick and put it out of his reach in the tree. I went back to the deck. It sounds crazy but from that day forward when I went out on the deck there were cardinals in the trees singing away. I love it!

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Randy 131

    Your room with the window that is being attacked is darker than the outside, which causes the glass in your window to appear as a mirror and shows her reflection, which she thinks is another female cardinal that must be attacked and driven away from her territory, probably to protect her young. Cardinals are very territorial, especially to other cardinals. Sorry that you haven’t thought of that, but I’ve seeen it happen before, and with other species of birds.

  • Michael J.

    Hello Chip,
    Didn’t know where you were going with this story. Alfred Hitchcock came to mind, but you didn’t go there. Thought maybe if the hawk decals worked that you would suggest Ronald Reagan decals be applied to Gadhafi’s windows, but nah, that didn’t happen.

    So I guess you intended to tone things down a bit here at PLD, or maybe you wanted to give the liberals something too twerp about? A trial balloon sent aloft in search of a progressive weak spot? Then upon finding such vulnerabilities, attack them mercilessly?
    But no, I guess that’s just what I would do.

    Anyway, thanks Chip for the momentary reprieve from the global drudgery.

    Just as an aside, the most curious thing is that your article did not seem to have an

  • http://Illinois'17th Old Henry

    Since most of us here are conservative / libertainian and this is the group experiencing the attacks I wonder if the birds might be drones. Do you all have liberal neighbors?

    As far as territorial bird brains, how about the Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker AKA liberals.

  • Carrie

    What a good storey about the Cardinal. I can just see her pecking away at the windows. My cat would go nuts.
    Wild life is so fun to watch. I see squirrels outside in the fur tree. Its close enough they jump over to the roof, and of course have to look over it at me, or maybe the window. I wonder if they can see us through the window. Sometimes there are five squirrels in the tree chasing each other. I also have seen a male, sprucing himself up, actually fluffing up his tale. It was funny to see him, and know he didn’t know he was being observed. There are cardinals and bluebirds in the trees too. They just land off and on. I try to toss out bread for them all. Pizza crusts are interesting, in the winter the squirrels hide them in the snow on the branches. Smart.

  • Cawmun Cents

    Set yer cat up in that window so he can hold a mirror and then when the bird flies up to attack its reflection….wallah!Free dinner for boots!Some peoples children….

  • James

    Good on ya for this one for sure. I have same problem with Cardinals.
    Be sure to update this post on the Cardinals.

    Thank you,

  • Dennis Buskirk

    You know something there Old Henry. You might be right about most of the ones there being republicans and between s. But the liberals on here are the cardinals and blue birds and robins. So that must mean you guys are the buzzards, crows, and black birds. The ones that come along and eat what gets ran over or hit by trucks and cars for flying to low. Myself, I’m kind of glad I’m a blue bird. Their better looking than an old buzzard is. I’ve seen them up close when I was raised on a farm. And not only are they ugly they stink to high heaven too. We used to shoot them just to put them out of their misery of having to smell themselves and us having to do the same.

    • Vigilant

      No, Dennis (who excoriated us for having a little political fun), we Conservatives and Libertarians are soaring eagles, noble coursers of the air who prey on the rodents and pantywastes called liberals and socialists.

  • http://WeThePeople Jean

    Why did the elephant lay on his back with all four feet straight up in the air?

    To trip low flying blue birds.

    Sorry but the Circus has been here all week

  • Carol

    This article truely made my day but we don’t have that problem at all because we have storm shutters that protect us from the sun and the birds don’t see our windows at all even though they are not covered.

    I only hope for their sake the birds and the humans that it works I am looking forward to see if it works.

    As I said I truely got a good laugh and these days that is hard to come by.

  • Richard Andrews

    Ha, I always knew birds were more aware in someways. Me and my grandparents used to have the same problem with the dinning room window. It was a big wide window that let us look out the front of the house at our cherry trees and for three years in the summer (I don’t recall what kind of bird it was) a bird would hover in front of that window and then crash into it. Bump, Bump, Bump, it what I’d hear if I was in the house a lunch time. I can only imagine what went on has we were out of the house in the day time. I loved your thoughts about your own problem and the way you chose to handle the situation. I myself might have tried to teach the bird about the difference he/she would of needed to understand their observation.

  • CJM

    I have a bird that also pecks at my windows and has done so for the past two years. I simply leave it alone, it isn’t hurting anything.

  • bobbi henderson

    I love this story…I can relate. But right now I like to fill the sill of my bedroom window with bird seed…so I can wake up in the morning and see my little red bird friend enjoying this feast and finally coaxing her mate to join her. It is a lovely way to begin the day! Ah..the beauty of nature! Thank for sharing this sweet story…it is amazing how something like this brings out the best in us.

  • Linda CZ


    • http://?? Joe H.

      I had a dove here that would eat seed from my hand. It took me a month to get it to do it but it finally did and we got it on tape before it quit. It did it off and on for about a month. also had a squirrel that would come and take a peanut from my hand. Kinda made me nervous when I saw the teeth on that sucker!!!

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Wiselady

    Wiselady says:

    I consider myself most fortunate. A handsome looking birds sings five or six different tunes from about 10:00PM until 3:00AM in the morning!! I consider it a concert. He is up early and sings most of the morning in the immediate neighborhood. He has built a nest in the hedge and sings around the immediate neighborhood constantly.

    Do I sleep? I can catch up in the day time so I thank God for his, “Concerts”. What a happy bird. Has anyone heard of this before?

  • Stygian witch

    Birds are descendants of dinosaurs, I’m just sayin…

    Many of them can be aggressive and very territorial. In my yard, the Blue Jays boss the other birds, even the Cardinals. The males of most species are brightly colored, to attract mates and also lure predators away. Mrs. Cardinal in my yard area is fairly shy and does not attack any windows but has feeders around and lots of trees and bushes. The crows are very aloof, hang out atop high trees and will call out to me to be fed. Owls hunt at night and I can often hear their hooting calls.

    I have always put up some type of stickers on my large living room window to prevent my avian neighbors from flying into the window. “Your” female cardinal is attacking her image and I would suggest putting up a darkened window liner, that adheres from inside and easily can be removed, that lets you see out but prevents her, hopefully, from seeing her reflection. So you both win. This shade-like liner, that is dark and decreases sunlight might do the trick.

    Many animals do not recognize their own reflections and may be startled by them, like my paint horse, or else see them as something to attack. Fight or flight. I believe dogs and cats are able to figure it out after a few trials.

    Good luck, Cardinals are really cool birds.

  • Desmet

    Put a bird feeder up in front of window,keep it full.The birds are so busy socializing (Or fending off intruders ) they forget about the window…

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Marty

    As a birdwatcher and great fan of our feathered friends, I have a wide range of bird species and habitat
    needs I try to meet on our 2 acre yard. First, let me say that placing a feeder near your windows is
    usually not a good idea, as when startled, the birds panic and fly in all directions, some into your
    window where, quite often, they will end up with broken necks, wings, and/or internal injuries. The only
    solution that absolutely works is to cover the reflective window glass with a covering of some sort so
    they do not see their images. I have found that window “wallpaper works great… still allows light in
    (unlike newspaper) and it will peel right off when no longer needed. You will need to use it on the OUTSIDE
    of the window (the same with the non-glare window liner as the glass will still reflect the bird’s image if
    placed on the inside). It comes in attractive patterns, such as a simple “frosted glass” look, stained glass, and others. It’s a little trouble, but worth the effort.

  • http://gunner689 gunner689

    Hang a picture of Hillary on the window. that would scare a Tyranus away.

    • swampfox

      LOL,damn,that was friggen funny…and true!!!!

  • Tuco

    With that decal in place, it’d be my luck to get an enraged, territorial hawk crashing through the window. n’DOH!

  • nelson brandt

    no birdhouse between 3 to 30 feet of window

  • Stoll

    I have a suicidal cardinal that wakes up the whole house, including my baby!!!!!!! I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!! He started 3 months ago with the patio, now is after EVERY window on our house. Where do you get these hawk decals!?!?!?!

    Thanks- help needed!!

  • Josee

    We have had one here in the past as well. Ours was however a male. He started out at our barn window, then he moved across to the neighbors house windows.

    He then proceeded to attack their car windows as the wife and kids drove up in the driveway. He wouldn’t let them out of the car. My neighbor said he was “going to kill that crazy bird”. He never did. I would see him for months going at the windows again and again.

    Guess he finally died of old age because the neighbors relocated (not because of the bird) and over time I never saw him again. We thought this was an isolated incident. However, it seems pretty common with Cardinals!

  • jackie

    I have a female cardinal that will constantly attack the rear window of my truck. I park it in the employee parking lot at work and this bird only attacks my truck. I move my truck to the other end of the lot, and the bird doesnt go after it. It is really funny, We call her Kung-fu cardinal because she will sit on top of my tool box and fly up and kick the window with her feet. Why does she do this?

  • Fred

    I have, and have had this year and last year also, the exact same bombarding mother cardinal. I have tried mounting an ultra sonic (to humans only) screecher to the ledge next to the window in question. At first, the cardinal in question was scared off. Eventually, she apparently got accustomed to it and returned … so much for high tech remedies! I might just try the stick on hawk window label. But first, I plan to mount a little sign in bold letters: CARDINAL – FREE ZONE!


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