December 18, 2006
I hate window strikes.
It gives me a sickly feeling in the pit of my stomach.
Sometimes the birds are only stunned and we protect them as well as we can.
We put him in a fly through feeder to keep him out of harms way and eventually he recovered and flew off.
As far as I know we haven't had an owl strike. We have heard thuds during the night, but that's usually a racoon stumbling about.
The types of houses we build nowadays is partly to blame for window strikes. We put in huge picture windows that can hold a realistic reflection, but what's worse is the big picture windows we also put at the other end of the room, opposite the other window, and the birds think it's a fly-through.
Good tip on placing feeders: Put them CLOSE to the window so the bird has to slow down to land on the feeder and they are less likely to strike.