Not your Every Day Car Accessory . . Saturday Photo

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 REB.0759001

As I was driving into a lawyer's office this week for a closing I noticed a couple of the cars had some accessories that would not be considered 'Factory Originals'. I found out that the bags were on the cars to protect the mirrors from the birds.

This precipitated a 'Google' to get additional information.

Birds attack shiny surfaces because they see their own reflections. In the case of a window, the bird does not see through the glass: it sees a reflection of the outside, possibly trees and the sky, and another bird of its own species. The real bird does not recognize itself and mistakes the reflected bird for a competitor for territory or mates. It attacks the image in the window, trying to drive the other bird away.

Of course, this is a fruitless exercise. The bird reflection will always be there, forever inaccessible behind an invisible barrier. The real bird often returns many times, compulsively launching itself at the window. If it is very aggressive, it could damage its beak, but most often it just wastes energy and time.

It's mating season and the males are looking to keep away the competition.

The girls in the office got tired of coming out and seeing the windows covered with droppings and the side view mirrors on their cars chipped with 'beak marks'

At least with the baggies they need only spend a couple of minutes covering and uncovering the mirrors when they arrive and leave.

This particular lawyers' office is located near water company property so there is an abundance of wildlife, and obviously some jealous suitors.

 

 

 

 

 

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Andrea Swiedler
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Ed, this is a constant problem at my office, just about this time of year. We have not been clever enough to think of this though, usually someone just runs outside and screams, waving their arms.

I'm with Al & Peggy, this sounds like a great cottage industry business to me. I have a slew of those plastic bags, LOL. We could just spraypaint a circle with a line through it and sell em for a hefty profit!

March 13, 2010 11:33 AM
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Ed Silva
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Karen, that's a different venture, we'll call it 'Hide-a-Nudge'

Carra, that was my thought when I walked into the office, 'What's with the bags?'

Karen, especially when the berries are ripening. Which reminds me of a poem I once heard

"Birdie, Birdie in the sky, why'd you do that to my eye? Gosh I'm glad that cows can't fly!

Andrea, what's with the 'we?

March 13, 2010 11:46 AM
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I had a similar experience last November.  All day long.

Thump, Thump On My Window. LOUDOUN COUNTY IS A VERY FRIENDLY PLACE.

March 13, 2010 03:59 PM
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Just when I thought I wasn't going to learn anything new today!

Oh the things you learn about here in the Rain!

March 13, 2010 04:56 PM
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Ed this is another good reason why bald men need to wear a hat when the are out in sun ........ LOL

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