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April 16, 2011


This really made me chuckle - nice informative post Sir! I am resident in Yorkshire in the United Kingdom and have a similar problem with a pesky bird (not exactly what it is), that will not concede that his reflection is in fact just his reflection. I'm still debating his demise :)

Thank you we thought we were in a Hitchcock movie. Have a twig wreath on front door with fake berries and 4 times that robin knocked into our wreath and left poop u will probably believe. Then, went to another window and pecked. And left more poop. Yes, windows were cleaned so that makes sense, same happened with a friend 3 miles away who had her windows cleaned. At least they aren't Vultures!

Hi, In Albany NY. Damn robin jumps off the nest that has had eggs for years with no problems, into the huge dining room window.
No pecking just slamming into it. Only mornings when sunny, then trees shade that side of the house. My grandson and I always checked the progress of the 'babies' each year. But it's no fun to watch a bird slam into your window. Thanks for all of the funny and frank stories. Spring is in the air!!

I have a stupid Robin here in Spokane that attacks my sliding glass window. I tried putting up a bunch of pictures of cats and predatory birds, but the Robin actually flies higher above the pictures. I put up so many that I thought I had the problem solved, but the bastard came back and is now pecking at the window again. It may be time to call my friend who owns a pellet gun.

This is really funny;but we have had this trouble this year for the first time ;we wash the truck and the car ;only to come out and find the robin mest all over the door of the truch and car ;it is really bad and hr pecks at the mirror ;little shit wat to do ;any ideas ;i have tried a long rope on the door i don;t no wat to do ;today my car is black but the door is white form the bird .O so sick of it .

I guess I'm not the only one with this problem and it's somewhat comforting to know that robins are known to display this type of behavior. Everyone on our block know not park their cars on the street in fear of this robin. It became almost a joke to us neighbors. When people from out of town park their cars our street (to get out of paying for parking on a busier street) they are shocked to find it several hours later covered in bird shit. So instead of paying for $2 parking, they'll now triple that amount in the car wash.

Hi everyone. I too have a problem here in Pennsylvania with two psychotic robins. This is the first year it has happened. It started about 2 weeks ago. It woke me from a sound sleep at about 7am. The windows being attacked are on the first floor of my home and I sleep on the second floor so you can imagine how loud the noise is of these two birds pecking and fluttering all over two windows downstairs. In fact the first time I heard it I thought a friend of mine that is building railing on my porch was working. I got up and went downstairs to find my friend not working but the unpleasant surprise of these two psycho birds attacking my windows. This has continued for weeks now. At times the birds just sit on the window ledge and stare at me. I'm not sure if I brought this problem of these demonic possessed birds on myself or not. There were two fully built nests on the ledge of transom windows above the two doors of my porch. I had ripped both nests down from their construction site and this is when the robins decided to start attacking my windows. I guess this is their revenge for me destroying the newly built homes for their babies. I can almost see the hatred in their eyes when they are sitting on the window seal staring at me. I'm trying to be patient and hoping they will just get tired of attacking my windows and move on. If this continues however I guess the pellet gun suggestion will solve my problem.

Thank you for your posts. I have been most patient. Our Robin has been attacking our bedroom window for a month now. We are early risers so it does not affect our sleep. We had never heard of this before and assumed that we had a robin with less than a bird brain who would eventually succumb to the Darwin theory and execute his own demise. Now, having read your posts I realize that we have a paranoid robin with testosterone. I apologize in advance to all bird lovers however since they do not make bird feed laced with Valium I will have to introduce him to my B.B. Gun. Gives new meaning to "game" on doesn't it......oops sorry couldn't resist.

Amazed that all here who do not know the sex if the bird assume it is male. How North American. Bad acts, bastard - must be a male. Good bless the female species. They are perfect.

So ive been living in new jersey for 18 years now. Ive always been an animal lover. One of my favorite hobbies is reading outside during the spring/summer and listening to the birds and bugs buzz about. Weve had a family of robins nesting under our deck every year. I havent touched the nests in years because i know the children come back and use them. For years everything has been fine. Last year i got a 350z and park it in the driveway. Spring summer pases no issue. This past spring though i think our robin family passed on the wrong genes. The family under the deck is hitting my deck windows. And a family in the front of my house is scratching the paint on my car. My dad goes through many methods of detering the bird. Even going so far as trying to buy a pellet gun to kill it. Only to find out songbirds are protected. Blah blah blah. Well i cant sue the bird to pay for the damage to my car so i parked somewhere else. We covered the windows with newspaper and it worked...for a while. I was going to destroy the nests but there were babies in it and i will not punish the children for the sins of the father...until he grows up a few months later and continues the fathers behavior. Ive declared war. Both nests under the deck are broken, i climbed the tree out front to take down that one. Now i sit here waiting for him to peck. Eventually one of these rocks will hit him. 17 years of peace has ended. He stares at me and puffs his chest and i do the same right back. I shared my home with your ancestors but now you and your father have damaged my property. The window beating i can forgive. The car scratches i cannot. You have been evicted from under my deck. Time to take down the mesh in fromt of the windows. I'll spend my day off from work stalking you like a cat. Pouncing by swinging a rock from my hand. I am a millenial. And we do not take kindly to disrespect.

Great posts! For several years off and on, we have had robins who peck at the brass kickplate on our front door. It drives the dogs nuts! I feel bad for the completely useless pecking job they have. It must hurt! When i can't stand it anymore, I tape a newspaper up over the plate and it stops immediately. I feel like it must be a great relief to the bird to think he has finally scared off the interloper. Most of our windows have screens, so they aren't effected.

My problem was a little different, mine turned into a stalker.
Left the balcony door open one day & heard a noise...silly bird inside the appartment flying around my hanging plants. So I chased it out and closed the door. A few days later same thing only there are two of them happily tossing leaves out of one of the thicker philodendrons...not so happy when I chased them out.
Guess I showed the male up in front of his girlfriend (or kept him from really having a girlfriend) because he started sittng on a post accross from my balcony glaring at me or hiding in a tree that is closer and swooping at me when I tried to water the plants on the balcony. The target was not his refection, it was me. I dont know how long these beasties are supposed to live but he came back for 5 years!
On a happier note I had some Oregon Juncos biuld a nest in one of the deck planters this year and lay eggs before I discovered them so I let them stay. So cute, clean, quiet & great at eating all the spiders & bugs off my veggies!!

We have a crazy Cardinal peeking on my car mirrors.
We tie walmart plastic grocery bags over the car mirrors. That has helped. Ocassional the wind blow the bags off. Then she is back; she keeps an eagle eye on the car mirrors: then back pecking and pooping again.
We call her the crazy. pooping, peeking Cardinal from hell.
We can't hurt her because we are St Louis Cardinal Baseball Fan...

Came across this article looking for a solution, I found an easy one on another website though, but came back here because I enjoyed the story and wanted to share what worked for me.You need to smear a bar of soap on the outside of the window where the Robin is attacking. It doesn't look great but comes off easily enough. After a few days of checking to see if the intruder is still around and seeing nothing the Robin gets fed up and moves on. The soap is easily removed and the windows are nice and clean too! I felt bad for the Robin, he was confused, dazed and angry he couldn't get rid of his rival...now I see him in the trees doing what he should be doing instead of chasing his own tail..

This is hardly a male bird thing. We have a female cardinal who pecks at nearly every window of our home, waking us up in the morning. Screens over every window would not be practical in our situation.

did a search because bird pecking at window -

this was hilarious, LOL, had a good laugh at your process, great humor! very entertaining. thanks

Spring 2015 we installed a new storm door. A robin has been nesting on our porch using the top of a large wreath as its nesting place for 8+years. We usually don't care, and the kids like seeing the nest and the babies. This past year was so different. At 6:30 I hear someone knocking on my door, I open it just to see the robin fly away and poop covered windows. After days of this I decide to leave the main door open thinking my dog and kids and activity inside would keep it away. NOPE. This robin sat on the handle and obsessively knocked on my storm door EVERYDAY for roughly 4 hours straight for more than a month. I used owls, photos taped to the spot where he tapped. Nothing. I have photos and videos of that crazy bird, it was not that scared of us.
My mom suggested a toy rubber snake from the dollar store! We wound it around the handle or hung is beside the door. Finally, FINALLY something that worked!! I was never so happy!! I was so happy I didn't have to constantly clean bird poop from the handle, window, porch rugs and sills!
Now I am wondering if this loony bird will be back again this year. At least I know what works for us if it returns!

Your post is hilarious๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ you should be a writer! My husband and I (also retirees) are having the same problem with robins in PA....We can soooo relate. Neither one of us are planning any trips up on the roof so I'm afraid the robins will have to solve their imagined problem on their own. Thanks for the laughs๐Ÿ˜†

Thank you for this brilliantly hilarious article. I have a Rogue Robin that goes from window to window around my entire my house. I am a nature photographer and got some really great pictures of he/she attacking itself feet first (which is interesting to see b/c the attack happens so fast you can't really sit it with the naked eye) but now am ready to help the Bird Brain enjoy life instead of window crashing and costing me a fortune in Windex. Though I won't go quite as far as you did to rid myself of Mr. Rogue Rob, I thoroughly enjoyed your experience!

I am on day 7 of what we have named Robo-Robin. He began on one front window and since has pecked windows front, back, and side, upstairs and down, despite closed blinds or curtains, sun or overcast. A stuffed cat perched in on the window sill (inside) worked briefly, but soon he was pecking at the cat! By day 4 he had a feather tuft sticking up oddly from his neck, making him look either very disheveled or like he had a thumb drive controlling his behavior. We joked that maybe he is a drone assigned to get in our house. This is the first time in more than 20 years in the same house! Fortunately I do not need to sleep in the daylight hours so I'm not going to install netting all around my house. Good luck everyone!

Thank you for your post with the suggestion of netting to stop the pecking. I will definitely go to the store after I finish my comment. We have had at least one robin pecking continually on our windows for the past several weeks. Started with the kitchen window and we put up a tarp to cover. Then the robin moved to our patio doors and I found closing the screen would keep it off one side but when it went to the other, we had to put up another tarp. Thought it was over but the bird moved to the other side of the house and is now pecking away at the living room window. Our neighbors have not been having any problems with birds. A dead robin was found in one neighbor's yard and we thought he/she had probably died of head trauma and unfortunate as that was, our problems were over. Not so. As I mentioned above, our problems continue. Will get the netting.

Shooting the bird, although likely very satisfying is still against the law (Migratory Bird act of 1918). My problem is the car. The poop is all over the hood and the side doors below the mirror that's so soiled I can't use them. Can't use netting or pinwheels. The cover works fine but it's a pain for one person to put on and take off in our Kansas spring winds.

Any answers for that?

I loved this blog. We have a crazy quail in love with our windows.

We have been in our house for 24 years and have never had this problem until now. This is the first day of the crazy robin pecking and flying into the windows on the front of our house. There are 2 windows on the wrap around porch and the bird just keeps pecking and hitting the windows.
Is there an image of an owl that I can print out to see if it helps. We pulled the drapes across the windows and it still comes back pecking. I am surprised it isn't dead already. I am going to put our screens in the window and see if it will deter the robin or robins. I love birds, but this is getting annoying. Put a big stuffed bunny rabbit in one window, but the bird just goes above it or to the other window.

well I have the same problem with robins driving us nuts with out basement window..every morning at 630 is here most of day help us

My crazy Robin has been flying into my windows for 4 days now. Since lunch, he has bloodied all three windows at sill level. I have tried strings, sun catchers on the inside of window, and closing the blinds. Also, in desperation this morning, I taped a sheet from my newspaper to the window on the inside at the spot he was flying into. Sooo, he moved to another spot! Now, this afternoon, he must be bleeding from his beak, although I can't see where he has damaged himself. If I walk outside, he flies out into the yard and scolds me. I don't want him to hurt himself, but just want him to go away!

We have the same thing going on right now day 6. Finally someone suggested tape a bag to the window it worked for about half a day now it just goes around the side of the bag. And of course it's our bedroom window closest to our bed. I am going to try the netting

We are having the same problem with the same thoughts that cross my our minds. This article made me LOL. Thanks for the laughs!

Love all the comments! I have also thought of its death as a solution. Our home has tons of glass to take advantage of our mountain views, to include the front door and cathedral ceiling. No Nets will fit the bill here. I I listed the help of a few teenagers with nets and we caught the crazy robin. I drove it 10 miles away and let it loose near my office. Problem solved!

We, too, have had "attack robins" at our lake home in northern Minnesota (make sure you pronounce it minne-SO-tah). They're so determined - and stupid - that we even hear the loons laughing at them, and probably at us.
We've tried covering the windows with plastic, which works. However, it's a pain to put up, pull off and clean-up the tape ... duct tape of course. Not only too much work, but it's very irritating to yield our great view of the lake to a bird with an attitude.
This year we purchased 1-1/2" plastic suction cups with a hook on each (purchased at Home Depot), We put these on the outside of each window, hanging a double streamer of 18" day-glow orange flagging tape.
So far, so good. While we see and hear the robins, this spring we've been cleaning our wooded property rather than our pecked windows.

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