Crazy Acting Cardinal

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Why does he do this?

I live in the country and enjoy watching all the wild birds.  I feed them year around and have had a lot of different species come to my feeder.

This pretty red fella has been coming everyday for weeks.  The reason I know it's the same Cardinal is because nearly everyday he flies into my living room window pane.  Sometimes he does it several times a day.  I have been trying to figure out why.  Surely after he hits the window once he should know he can't fly through.  It's still cold outside so that rules out collecting insects. I wonder if in seeing his own reflection he thinks it's another male cardinal after his mate.  Or maybe he thinks this intruder is invading his territory.  I thought at first he was after the plant he saw through the window.  What ever the reason he keeps doing this strange behavior day after day.

I've had birds fly into windows before and it ended badly as they fell to the ground.  But those birds most likely thought they could fly through after seeing the reflection of the trees .  I hope this Cardinal doesn't end up like they did.  I wish I could understand why he's doing this.  Does anyone have an idea?

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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Poor baby, yes he does sound a bit confused, but I am sure there is a reason. I love the wild birds and feed them regularly because I enjoy watching them interact but I have never had this happen. Good luck with your flying friend, do hope he finds his way.


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vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

I've had the same problem, it seems they like to fly into window panes and knock there self crazy. I have yet to figure out myself why they do this.I guess they just don't know there is a window in there way.

God Bless

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