Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A peck, pecking problem!

I know spring is in the air because every morning now, I hear the chirping of the returning birds.

I love to lay in bed and listen to their tweets!

But lately my mornings have been met by a thud, and then a peck, peck at the window.

And here is the culprit!

The old red, breasted robin!

He see's the reflection of himself in our bedroom window. But to him it looks like a rival, trying to take over his territory.

So he swoops down onto the outside sill, sits and pecks, pecks at the window.

As you can see he makes quite the mess!

This has gone on a few years in a row!

I went on-line looking for solutions.

One article said put brightly colored wrapping paper in the window,to deflect his reflection. We had Christmas paper in our window until mating season was over. And it really never fixed the problem.

Another said to hang a pie plate in the window outside, the moving aluminum would keep them away.
No, he just perched on the string we hung it from and pecked away.

With the house up for sale, I really don't want people seeing wrapping paper in my windows, but I am also tired of washing the darn outside window everyday.

Have any of you ever had this problem?
If so, what did you do to remedy it?
I will take any suggestions!

The other sign of spring birds is this pair of mallard ducks that stop by the pond every spring.

They were camera shy this morning and I couldn't get any closer.

I would love to listen to the chirp, chirp and get rid of the darn peck, peck!



  1. That is a problem. I hope you can figure out what to do.

  2. I love hearing the birds too! I am chuckling a bit! Those darn birds are so funny sometimes! dad has issues with woodpeckers. I mean they literally come back to the same side of his house every year and peck holes all over the cedar! Needless to say it drives my dad nuts! He tried the tins..didn't work. Recently he put a huge sheet out there and that along with a fake owl seem to be doing the trick for the moment. I'm nut sure what your robin would say though!!! Good luck!!!

  3. I don't have a solution for you but I feel for you I work nights and we have Stellar Jays they make a lot of noise when I'm trying to sleep. I hope you find a good solution soon.

  4. I've been noticing the birds singing when I put the dog outside in the morning. Love it. But I would love the problem that you're having. Hope you find a solution soon.

  5. The fake owl sounds like a good idea. Too bad you can't position a Lady Woodpecker in the tree - that would keep him distracted! -- Jan

  6. Hi Liz-
    I'm returning the visit from Girasole Farm, thank you for stopping by.
    We certainly do have much in common.
    I'm looking forward to getting to know you better.
    :) Becka

  7. Hi Liz,

    I love waking up to the sound of the mourning doves. I think they must be right outside our bay window of our bedroom! It's just one of God's gift to us. I bet the peck peck can by annoying though. :)

    So are you guys at home now then or on the road? You kind of have the best of both and home. :)

    Have a great weekend! Thank you for stopping by my blog, especially for Faithful Friday! :)