Each year several birds strike two large windows on our home. Most glance off and fly away, some are stunned for a few minutes and then fly away, and one or two a year are killed instantly.
The female cardinal shown above hit the same window twice in the same afternoon.
After the first strike she fell from the second story to the ground level and went head first into a snow bank. I went out with gloves on and gently lifted her from the snow and placed her in some greenery near the house. She was conscious and breathing, but limp.
After several minutes I noticed she was sitting upright (that's when I took the photo), and bit later she recovered enough to fly away.
Then...wham! She flew into the same window about an hour later! Fortunately, the second hit was just a glancing blow.
Is there anything I can do to discourage our fine feathered friends from trying to fly through our MCM picture windows? Please share your ideas or experiences.