[Tweeters] Strange Junco Behavior

LMarkoff canyoneagle at mycci.net
Mon Apr 25 17:04:41 PDT 2022

Hi Steve,

With hormones raging in spring, birds will sometimes attack their reflections in windows, car mirrors, or anything shiny enough to reflect. They think that it is another bird and will try to chase it out of their territory by attacking it. If possible, you might want to cover that window with cardboard or whatever is handy so that the bird can no longer see its reflection.

Although, sometimes that is easier said than done. When I lived in Texas my yard Mockingbird attacked the mirrors and side windows on my truck. I covered both doors with towels in order to hide the mirrors and windows. That worked for a while, but later I discovered that the Mocker was now attacking the side of truck which was apparently shiny enough for him to see himself! Luckily that house had a long driveway so I was able to move my truck away from his favorite set of shrubs. After that he calmed down and left my truck be.

Good luck!

Lori Markoff

Citrus Heights, CA

canyoneagle at mycci.net <mailto:canyoneagle at mycci.net>

From: Tweeters <tweeters-bounces at mailman11.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Steven Dammer
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2022 2:27 PM
To: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Tweeters] Strange Junco Behavior

Hey Tweets,

I was just sitting in my living room and kept hearing a tapping at the window where my feeders are on the patio. After watching for a moment I noticed a Junco sitting on the railing, and every 10 seconds or so would fly directly at the window, and put its feet out as though it wanted to perch, but just kicked off the window and went back to the railing. It repeated this pattern for about 5 minutes, and keeps coming back after a short break. It doesn't appear to be hurting itself at all, just bouncing off and landing on the railing.

Has anyone else noticed this kind of odd behavior from any birds or Juncos in particular?


Steven Dammer

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