It may seem odd for birds to bombard a house but they get confused and can’t comprehend reflective surfaces like windows.
It has been a full week of rude awakenings for a Long Island couple, who said their home has been under siege by a group of birds slamming into their windows over and over again.
As CBS 2’s Elise Finch reported Monday, the problem that Peter and Lisa Kersich of Holbrook have been experiencing is common at this time of year.
“New York City Audubon estimates that 90,000 birds die each year in New York City alone,” said licensed wildlife rehabilitator Rita McMahon, of the Wild Bird Fund Inc.
McMahon said reflective surfaces confuse birds. They either view them as more clear spaces and fly into them, or they see their own reflection and think they are seeing another bird – one they want to fight and chase away.
The Kersichs have not said the birds have been dying or even injured. Often these strikes just stun the bird for a while after which they recover. You can place stickers or materials on the windows to help the birds see the solidity and not as open space.
There is a superstitious belief that birds hitting houses is bad luck or is an omen for death or coming change in the house. The trope appears in several movies and stories. Lucille Ball was said to suffer from ornithophobia and did not like indoor birds even on wallpaper. There are A TON of other bird superstitions. It appears that people just did not understand bird behavior long ago and attributed their error in perception to something deliberate regarding humans. Not so. Accidents happen.