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Photo: Alize_T (Shutterstock) Sometimes birds fly into windows. Other times, they might perch on the outside of your windowsill and peck a little. It might look like they’re trying to get your attention, and if you’ve been stuck inside for the past year, you might even be tempted to let it in for a quick chat. (But don’t.) And then there are some birds who return, day after day, and peck at your window aggressively, as if you owed them money. Not only are they annoying, but that pecking could hurt their beak and your windows. Here’s how to stop it from happening. Why do birds peck at windows? Each year during bird mating season—that would be May to August—male birds try to find a perfect spot for their new nest. And once they do, they protect it, as well as the territory around it. Sometimes, that territory is located in someone’s backyard, including the back of a house. When light hits window glass at certain angles, a nearby bird can see his own reflection. A territorial male perceives that reflection as another male, a serious threat to his space. Males with this territorial mindset may also attack other reflective surfaces, such as a vehicle’s side mirrors. But it’s #NotAllBirds—some are more prone to window pecking than others. Here are the species found in North America : Northern cardinals American robins Wild turkeys Northern mockingbirds American goldfinches Ruffed grouse Titmice California towhees How do you stop the pecking? The […]