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Mar 30, 2016 6:24 AM CST
| For the past week a demented robin has been attacking the windows in my plant room each morning. Doesn't matter if its the east, south or west side or whether the window has plants, hanging planters or is empty. It's really persistent. Today it has been at it for 45 minutes, pecking on one window, resting in a nearby bush for 15 seconds, then trying another window. Maybe it doesn't like it's reflection and thinks another window will be better.|
Soap streaks across the pane, waving at it, etc. doesn't deter it. I need the light for growing plants so a window treatment like CollideEscape isn't viable. I guess I'll just have to ignore it. It can't be hurting the bird since it comes back every day. I just hope it's window obsession makes it forget about sex so it doesn't pass on its disturbed genes to the next generation.
Mar 31, 2016 6:42 AM CST
|I feel for you, Don. We have had a cardinal at our home in Hot Springs Village that has been attacking our windows for two years! He attacks all windows and nothing seems to deter him. |
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Name: Linda Arnold
Idaho Mountains (Zone 4b)
Mar 31, 2016 6:58 AM CST
|I'm so glad that you mentioned soap steaks on the windows to deter birds from crashing into them. The birds aren't attacking the windows, just try to fly through them so that would probably work, and be an easy clean up also. Thanks for posting that. |
Mar 31, 2016 7:23 AM CST
|We had a cardinal do that. We called him Crazy Cardinal. The cardinal apparently thought it was another bird and became territorial, and would constantly fly against the window. But it was all day long....whack! If you hang anything on the window, try it on the outside, because inside does nothing. The only relief was one year it didn't return.|
Mar 31, 2016 10:38 AM CST
|We had a Cardinal go bananas at its reflection in a side mirror on the car. He found it a formidable opponent.|
Mar 31, 2016 11:40 AM CST
|Maybe a few hawk silhouettes taped on the outside of the window as a deterrent. Robins are very territorial. |
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...
Name: Bob Gardner
Toledo Ohio (Zone 6a)
May 7, 2016 7:27 AM CST
|Hello, I'm looking to plant a flowering vine on my trellis next to my east facing porch.|
This area only gets sun between 11 and 1. We planted a Major Wheeler Honeysuckle last spring and it died by fall. I have a humming bird feeder next to it.
I am in Toledo,Oh zone 5.
May 9, 2016 8:17 AM CST
You may want to repost your request in the Vines and Climbers Forum (scroll down in the forum list on the home page) where you will find experts on this topic.
In the meantime, I just happened to have some suggestions for flowering shade vines I collected some years ago (I'm roughly in the same Zone as you). Ones I tried are marked with *, best with **, rated for heavy shade#.
Actinidia (Kiwi Vine), Celastrus, Vitacilla Clematis#, Hydrangea petiolaris#**, Lathyrus latifolius, Lonicera sempervirens**, Persicaria polymorpha*, Wisteria siensis or floribunda.
Although we're in CT now, both my wife and I came from Ohio (she's from Defiance) so I've been in Toledo many times. Good luck with your trellis.
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