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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Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)

I wouldn't have thought of that.  We have a robin who charges one of our garden room windows for hours on end.  Very annoying.  I will just put up a sheet of paper, and maybe he will get the hint. 

March 13, 2010 07:35 AM
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Sara Homan
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Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty 352-209-4044

There are so many windows in my house that get bombarded with birds, we've come to recognize the persistent collision sounds, and no I'm not covering my windows with plastic ...not on my house and not on my car but it is a practical solution nevertheless!  Thanks for the interesting post.

March 13, 2010 07:40 AM
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Richard Strahm
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When I first saw the pictures, I thought it was some kind of weird air bag to protect pedestrians!

March 13, 2010 07:41 AM
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Barbara Todaro
"New Franklin MA Homes"
RE/MAX Executive Realty

one of my homes had a full bank of windows and I often heard and saw birds dive into them.....one broke it's beak but did eventually fly away.....not a pretty sight.

March 13, 2010 07:43 AM
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Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Century 21 AA Lindenhurst NY
Long Island NY Real Estate Agent

Now this is an interesting post! I've never seen or heard that but can understand it. We do have a lot of birds here but it's very rare to see or hear a bird crash into the windows.

March 13, 2010 07:43 AM
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Glenn Roberts
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I wonder what they were thinking in Hitchcock's The Birds. People could have put on white plastic and been safe.

March 13, 2010 07:48 AM
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Corey Chase
Silvercreek Realty Group

Good thinking on their part

March 13, 2010 07:55 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Stuart Florida Real Estate
the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales

Love it.  Pretty ingenious thinking.  I'm surprised that they actually figured this out in a lawyer's office!  :-)

March 13, 2010 07:59 AM
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Don Rogers
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Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield

Ed,

This is the first time I have heard about something like this.  I agree with others that this is good thinking on their part to cover the mirrors.

March 13, 2010 08:26 AM
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Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
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Ed that's funny.  How do they say it... "Only In America".  Wait a minute, maybe there is some money to be made.  What could we call them "Mirror Muffs" or "DoDo Eliminators" or how about "Frisky Bird Stoppers".

Let us know what you think, we remember you saying once you have a lot of empty commercial space available... where could we take this.

March 13, 2010 08:43 AM
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Ed Silva
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To All: Thanks for the taking the time to post a comment to this little post. This is probably another way of telling us that sometimes we push nature a bit to far.

Gabe, it was the secretary and the paralegal that came up with this. Everybody knows that do all the work anyway. Did I say that right Amy?

Al & Peggy:  Don't say only in America unless you put a North in front of it, unless of course there are no windows or mirrors in Canada, eh?  Actually 'Birds-be-Gone' has a nice ring to it

 

March 13, 2010 10:24 AM
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Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor
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HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395

Interesting....I've seen a couple of agents I'd like to put bags on....but I guess that's not really the point of the post.

March 13, 2010 10:58 AM
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Carra Riley
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Ed...I have never seen this or even heard of it before.  Seems like a pretty ingenius was to protect your mirrors from the birds!  With the pictures and no explanation, I would never have guessed the purpose.

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March 13, 2010 11:00 AM
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
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Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374

Ed, That is a great prevention device if I've ever seen one. I learned long ago, not to park under trees in heavily populated bird areas. It can get pretty nasty!

March 13, 2010 11:10 AM
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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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Craig Rutman
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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

March 13, 2010 07:11 PM
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