Diverting birds from crashing into glass

Q. I once lived in a Victorian house with open porches through which birds flew. Then one day Grandmother put in windows to fill the porch openings. Now and then some birds banged into the glass.

Don't you feel the solution is to paste a piece of newspaper in the center of the clean glass to warn the creatures? Ted Stokes Seaside, Ore.

A. Certainly newspapers planted inside the glass would notify errant fliers that there is danger ahead. However, would newspaper be all that attractive?

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Two sources of information from experts on how to thwart birds from plowing into glass are the US Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife Assistance, PO Box 67, Elkins, W.Va. 26241, telephone (304) 636-1767; and the National Audubon Society, 950 Third Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10022. Telephone: (212) 546-9100. Try also your county agricultural extension adviser.

Some bird lovers use wind chimes, foil strips a couple of feet apart, or nylon netting suspended from the eaves or fascia board opposite the glass.

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