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    Sassy
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    Hi Everyone:
    I got a pair of BB’s last Wed. at the box in the front yard and the female kept coming to the window and hanging off the screen then back to the box one time after another. She would not allow the male to come anywhere near the box. We decided she must be seeing her reflection so I put decals all over the windows to no avail. The next day I picked up two dry cleaning clear bags and attached them to the inside of the screen and all seemed to be well. Just a short while ago I heard two BB’s singing and then a short time later I saw the female come to the downstairs deck window and fly into them 4 or 5 times. Then she left and I went upstairs to see if she was sitting on the box and here she was flying to the screen of another window. I think there is something really wrong with her and have my doubts she will ever calm down enough to raise a family let alone build a nest. I have seen them both at the birdbath drinking and bathing or at least I think it was the same pair.
    I was wondering if any of you had the same problem or heard of anyone else that has. It is so frustrating. I got the feeder that does not allow any of the bigger birds to enter and she is quite adept at entering and leaving it, so she is not a total nut case.
    I am stumped.
    Connie (PA)

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    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Connie, I have not had this problem with my blues, but have had a cardinal and maybe one or two other birds hit my patio door window, so I truly believe that she is seeing her reflection and making her strike at “that thing”. I know Tammy here on the forum had this problem I believe, so maybe she will chime in here and others. Good luck.

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    Sassy
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    Hi Carol:
    My female blue has gotten worse, she is now at just about every window in the house. She chirps incessantly and I don’t see the male with or near her 99% of the time. I do see a pair of BB’s come to get dried mealworms and drink water in the late afternoon but I have a feeling it might be a different pair. I am completely stumped on what to do about her. I could be wrong but I don’t think she will mate or take care of a nest of eggs, she is too abscessed with looking at herself. ☹️
    Connie (PA)

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    Sassy
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    Hi Carol:
    Things have gotten worse with my female BB. She is now going to almost every window in the house chirping non stop. I can hear her inside my home with no windows open. I don’t see the male near her 99% of the time. I do see a pair later in the afternoon sitting on my clothes line or pole and the female goes into the feeder for some dried mealworms, but it might be a completely different pair.
    I highly doubt she will be able to take care of a nest if she even builds one. She is just so obsessed with seeing herself in the windows. It sure has me stumped.
    Connie (PA)

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    #7023
    Sassy
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    Hi Everyone:
    I apologize for posting almost two identical posts, I thought the first one to Carol got deleted, but I was wrong. Please ignore one or the other.
    Connie (PA)

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    dogsandbirds
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    I have heard lots of reports of extremely territorial birds who can’t tell the difference between themselves and another bird. You are not alone! Remember we are dealing with bird brains. :BonkOwnHead:

    Plenty of people do use clings of some sort on window panes. Have you ever heard of glass wax? Basically you rub that all over the windows and it makes them opaque. After it dries and you want it gone it’s easy to wipe off. Of course, you won’t be able to see out of the windows but the bird won’t see her reflection either. You can also use car wax.

    The good news is once the bird finally gets busy building a nest the aggravation usually lessens. Let’s hope this female gets engaged in the real world soon.

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

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    Sassy
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    Hi Gin:
    Thanks for getting back to me. I am still battling the same problem. I did try putting decals on the windows when she first started this nonsense, but she ignored them. The worst part is she is defecating all over everything, window sills, porch, chairs, you name it, and my husband is not very happy with it. I am hoping she will start nest building soon, someone around here said hers start in the middle of April, so hopefully mine will do the same.
    Your idea about the glass wax is great, but I know I do not want to block my view. At least she is not chasing him away, they do things together and hopefully things will settle down soon.
    Thanks again.
    Connie (PA)

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