Offsetting bird feeders to prevent them from being aligned with your window is the best option since the distance between the feeders and the window often doesn’t matter.
For most people, the ideal distance between a window and a bird feeder is around 8 feet, so that you can see the birds while they eat. If you have the room in your yard, move the bird feeders back from the window so that they are not in direct line with it.
Whether or not you need to worry about this depends on whether or not your bird feeder is perpendicular to your window.
The only time you should worry about where you put your bird feeders is if they are directly in the path of migrating birds.
If you hang a bird feeder on a pole or in a tree and place a window behind it, the birds will fly right to it. Injuries sustained in window collisions are sometimes attributable to the proximity of bird feeders to the flight paths of passing birds.
The safest placement for bird feeders near windows is one that requires birds to dive down from a height, or that the birds must fly around the window entirely.
A wild bird may still be injured or killed if it flies into a window, no matter how many safety measures are taken to prevent it.
Stickynotes or colored tape spaced out at a foot or less in a grid pattern adhered to the glass would alert birds there is something to crash against while masking any reflections, much like how you would attract birds to window feeders.
If the yard reflected in the glass were genuine, however, wild birds would be fooled into thinking there was more yard, and hence more bird feeders, to explore.
People sometimes place bird feeder poles, or any hanging feeders, near windows so birds can be watched as they feed. This puts the birds at risk of colliding with the windows.
Because bird feeders are typically placed low, they will always be at the same level as ground-floor windows, making them impossible to ignore.
Safe 8 feet at the minimum
Initially, bird feeders should be placed 8 feet from the window, with the flexibility to relocate further back if necessary.
Even if you put up a window screen, placing bird feeders closer than 8 feet to it won’t guarantee the safety of the birds who visit them.
Still, if you have the space in your yard, an 8-foot separation is adequate. Most of the time, birds can land on a bird feeder pole without touching the glass, but that doesn’t mean they won’t try.
You shouldn’t have to worry about this problem if you haven’t had any previous incidents of birds flying into your window because of bird feeders in the area.
It’s possible the birds are noticing the glass panel because of noises within the house, or because there is no reflection and the birds can tell there is no yard beyond the window.
Depending on the size of your yard, bird feeders can be hung or placed as close as 8 feet to a window without posing a threat to the birds.
Putting out a bird feeder close to a window that is less than 8 feet high is like inviting birds to perch on your windowsill; to prevent this, you should take precautions to prevent the window from being broken by the birds.
Move to 12 ft. if no birds arrive
You don’t have to wait for me to inform you when you can move the bird feeders farther back if you think 8 feet isn’t enough space given the amount of yard you have.
Fewer individuals will have an issue with a requirement that bird feeders be placed at least 12 feet from any window.
However, moving bird feeders at least 12 feet away from the window can reduce the likelihood of birds colliding with the glass.
You may never attract any birds to your feeders if you hang them less than 8 feet from any windows or other points of entry into your home.
In order to get the most pleasure out of observing the birds in your yard, I recommend doing so while remaining within viewing distance of a window.
That could cause the birds to fly by your pole-mounted feeders and never learn of the tasty treats you have in store for them.
In a similar vein, if you install bird feeders far up in a tree, you can significantly lessen the likelihood of a bird flying through the window by accident. A tree’s reflection in a nearby window can be distracting, so keep that in mind.
Bird-proof window with tape
I can tell you that the only way to guarantee that no birds will fly into your living room window is to secure the glass using effective bird proof window tape.
Therefore, take anything that can be stuck outside and employed for exterior purposes when stuck on a glass window, and do so.
As the birds would still see the outer world reflected on the stationary used indoors, it is necessary to stick it outside the glass.
Use brightly colored post-it notes, tape, or anything else that stands out with color.
The entire glass panel not too far from the feeders would be covered to provide the impression of a wall that the birds should try to avoid crashing into.
The stationary must be placed at regular intervals of 6 to 12 feet for this to function properly.
Too much space between the immovable objects will fool the birds into thinking they can fly through, causing them to crash into the glass.
Using a window feeder is risk-free but cumbersome unless you employ stationary in the same way.
Inside of window disturbance
Your north/north-west facing window is particularly advantageous if birds can detect it and avoid flying into it.
Reflections of yards in south-facing windows are often darker than those in north-facing windows due to the sun’s angle.
What I mean is, if the glass is dark, the reflection will look so real that it could fool someone into thinking there’s more yard in the window than there actually is.
Because of their less-than-superior eyesight, birds will fly headfirst into a window in the mistaken belief that there is more yard to explore beyond it.
A bird might use a window reflection to determine the optimal placement of a bird feeder on a pole, limb, or bracket, or to guide its own flight path to the feeder.
What you may do during the day is open the window to move the reflection or cover the part of the window with stationery to hide the bird feeders reflection in the glass.
With that, movement within the home can stop birds flying towards you, thus its recommended you don’t stay too quiet when birds land on the bird feeders – as it could lead to you preventing birds moving towards the window.
What you are hoping is to stop birds accidentally slamming into the window on their approach to the bird feeder pole.
It is possible birds collide with windows because they assume there’s more yard to explore, coupled with your bird feeders reflecting in the glass.
To begin with you can arrange bird feeders up to 8 feet away from your window, as most people do in order to get an up close view of birds eating out of bird feeders you’ve setup – with the purpose of monitoring their activity.
I can promise 8 feet is a secure position particularly if your bird feeders are not lined with your window – which would lead to the window being right in a birds fly path as they come to your bird feeders.
You won’t have to worry about any damage to your windows or bird feeders if the birds have to fly a large distance to get to them.
Thus, a bird feeder placed near any window will, in time, cause a crash.
In order to prevent injuries, bird feeders should be moved back up to a more secure 12 feet. Despite the fact that it wasn’t too long ago, most folks simply don’t have the room to relocate their bird feeders once they’ve already been moved.
Instead of just moving the feeders further away from the window, you can instead position them so that they are at a sharp angle to the window.
To avoid collisions, you can bird proof your window closest to your bird feeders by adding sticky notes or colorful bold tape in a grid like design. The goal of this is to signal to the birds that the reflection they had been exploring is no longer part of the yard.