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Old 08-31-2018, 03:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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This spring, a male cardinal (the bird) took up residence in my yard. Ever since, he's been attacking his reflection in every window of my house. I covered my windows with screen, but then he moved to the side mirrors on my cars. I put bags over the mirrors, and now he's taken to sitting on my trailer hitch:



and going after his image in the rear bumper:



and of course, he's crapping everywhere.

This bird is driving me nuts!
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Very simple solution Eric . Stop washing , waxing and polishing your car ! .


I do love your photos though .

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Great pics!

We have one that for the last three spring seasons has pecked on a window of our house literally non stop, all day long. Meaning from first light to dusk, constantly. It has driven us nuts! We have tried everything and if it weren't such a large window, and I hate to say this, the bb gun would have come out.

Our neighbors think its hilarious, and it is, unless you're the one inside. The only good thing is it only lasts about a month and then he moves on.

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Great pics!

We have one that for the last three spring seasons has pecked on a window of our house literally non stop, all day long. Meaning from first light to dusk, constantly. It has driven us nuts! We have tried everything and if it weren't such a large window, and I hate to say this, the bb gun would have come out.

Our neighbors think its hilarious, and it is, unless you're the one inside. The only good thing is it only lasts about a month and then he moves on.

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E or S facing window I assume . I would think that a 2 mil sheet of polyethylene film over the window would eliminate the reflectivity and the attraction , if you could live with the hazier view for a month .



I suspect that the problem both of you have is caused by you allowing the bird to watch politicians on Fox news , preening themselves .
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The only good thing is it only lasts about a month and then he moves on.

E or S facing window I assume . I would think that a 2 mil sheet of polyethylene film over the window would eliminate the reflectivity and the attraction
A month - I wish! This bird seems to have moved in permanently.

I taped no-see-um netting on every window that the cardinal attacked, but each time, he just moved to another one. I swear, he's actively looking for reflections he can fight - and befoul.
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Just defending his territory from any other male cardinal - both real and imaginary.
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Get him a girl friend.
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Or put a mirror at the other end of the yard. :)
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I had a bird obsessed with my car mirror in the Bldg 205 parking lot. Had to change where I parked.
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