Our Broken Landscape

We immediately noticed unsightly streaks on the sliding glass doors when we returned from NY. We didn’t have long to wait to find out what was happening. A male cardinal repeatedly flew into the door, presumably to attack his own image. When he wasn’t ramming the glass, he was sneaking around the corner and clinging to the screen on John’s office window. John tried putting up flags and red reflectors which didn’t deter the cardinal one bit. The hummingbirds came to check them out, hovering in front of them with bewilderment.

We’re not sure how we’re going to break the bird’s bad habits, but meanwhile, my landscape is far from idyllic. The marks on the glass are white, and there is only one white thing I can think of that would come out of a red bird. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Our glass doors are now a perpendicular latrine!

073015 Landscape broken by bird debris

If anyone has a solution to our problem, please let us know.

8 thoughts on “Our Broken Landscape

    1. We’ve decided we have one loony bird on our hands, or rather windows. John said this morning that the cardinal was attacking the windows beside the front door. He comes all the way into the deep porch and hurls himself at the glass. We’ve lived here a year and not seen behavior like this before.

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  1. I would think we’d have a major cleaning job on our hands if we let the crazy cardinal inside. I don’t think I’m courageous enough to try. Would you let him in? You may have more guts than I do.


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