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Cardinals, Robin, birds pecking at windows

For about 9 months, we've had a Cardinal pecking at the top window of our family room. This room has vaulted ceilings and we intentionally kept the top windows uncovered to allow natural light into the room. However, recently a Cardinal has been pecking at one of the windows in a effort to ward off an 'intruder' to it's territory.

The most common solution is to cover the window with a white blind, curtain, or some form of window dressing. This was not acceptable to us. We wanted to allow natural light through the window. Other solutions included placing a net or wire mesh across the window, but again, we did not want to 'spoil' the look or view from the window.

I decided to scare the bird away with a natural predator -- snakes! I found a pack of 12 plastic snakes for $7 on Amazon (http://a.co/alfHU8h), and tied three snakes to the vines in front of the window the bird was visiting/attacking. I used green zip ties to hold the snakes in place.

SUCCESS! The first three days after installing the snakes, the Cardinal sat in a nearby tree and chirped for hours afraid to approach the window. After the first few days, it has not returned!

I've included some pictures to show how I applied this solution.

The above top right window was where the issue was occurring.

Green zip ties hold the snakes in place.
the snakes actually blend in with the vines from inside the house so they are nearly invisible unless you are looking for them.
These can be found on Amazon.com: Link: http://a.co/alfHU8h

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