Ok, I have a small dilemma and I could use some advice.
For the past three days I've had a very angry/crazy male goldfinch that's been attacking my big picture window in my back yard. I have a sheperd's hook hanger with a bird feeder outside the window and he sits on the top and stares at the window for about 30 seconds and then flies at the window trying to get in. He's been doing this repeatedly since Sunday morning. I taped a few scary things in the window (leftover Halloween decorations) to frighten him off and it did nothing. I then suspected that maybe he was seeing his reflection in the glass and thought it was another male bird so I moved the hook off to the right so that when he looks at the glass now it's from an angle and shouldn't be able to see his reflection, but he's still assaulting the same spot on the window.
I'm afraid he's going to hurt himself but since I don't speak goldfinch, I'm not able to ask him what's driving him to lay siege on a pane of glass. Any ideas?
Last Edit: May 18, 2016 6:23:45 GMT -6 by The Voice
What weird behavior. But then, I don't know much about birds, so maybe that's normal. I would have put something on the window like you did. Moving the bird feeder farther away sounds like a good idea too. Is the bird still doing it?
Is there anything on the other side of the glass (inside) that he may be seeing and trying to get to? I might suggest taking down the bird feeder for a few days or moving it to another part of the yard, to see if it would break this guy's habit.
Btw Joy, congrats on being the first to achieve "Junior Member" status. You made it by making at least 50 posts. Your contributions have really breathed life into this fledgling forum and I'm very happy to have you here.