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wendylady2
I love that this concern is being taken into account in the design phase of new homes. We moved into a house in the woods with several large windows and had a real problem with bird strikes. We read an article on a low-tech, planet-friendly solution and that is to tie feathers onto clear fishing line, about every 6 inches and string it across the outside of the window. I don't know if it is an "omen" to the birds, or just the movement of them fluttering in the breeze, but it works. We have had to replace the feathers on a couple windows because they get wet and matted down, but they last a long time. Just an idea to try for someone looking for a short-term solution without replacing windows.
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lsovil
A simple and cheap way to prevent bird-window strikes is this: go to a garden store and buy some black plastic garden netting. I use a 3/4" square size, bit any size will work. Cut a piece of netting equal in size to your window. Tape the netting to the outside of your window with clear packing tape. Just little pieces of tape in the corners and along the sides are enough usually. That's it! The birds will see the netting and avoid hitting the window, or if they do hit, they usually will have begun pulling back before the strike, and they survive. Your view from indoors is hardly affected at all. The black netting is barely noticeable indoors or out.
   
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joeinfo
Similar to Isovil's comment just above, we've had great luck with garden netting -- but we used it in a different way. Following the instructions at http://www.raleighhealth.com/how-to-prevent-birds-from-hitting-windows.php -- we hung the bird netting a foot or so in front of the windows, sort of like a curtain.
Thankfully, we haven't had a single bird collision all spring.
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