Early results of window strike research
Appeared on Space For Nature on July 2nd 2005
Preliminary analysis of an ongoing study into window strikes by garden birds has yielded interesting results.
The study into window strikes by birds is being coordinated by the BTO
. Analysis of the returns is underway with the full results due to be published later in the year. To date information has come in on 12,822 window strikes from 4,272 gardens. Some of the interesting facts to emerge so far are:
- Patio doors are, by far, the 'window type' most commonly involved in window strikes;
- In general, the bigger the window, the more likely it is to be hit by a bird;
- The most prolific month for reported window strikes is June, coinciding with the period when there are many young, inexperienced birds around;
- Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) is the species most commonly reported as a victim of a window strike, followed, in order, by blackbird (Turdus merula), house sparrow (Passer domesticus), collard dove (Streptopelia decaocto) and woodpigeon (Columba palumbus).
Mike Toms. 2005. Window Strikes - first results. Bird Table 42, Summer 2005, pages 6-7.
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