Last year we had a cardinal that kept banging against our windows. It lasted into the winter even! However when spring rolled around he quit or died or something. I can only speculate what happened to him with what seemed to be a bird with only one brain cell. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I had cleaned the porch swing. However, a new guy has taken its place. 🙁
No, this is not the cardinal that is banging. LOL We placed the cardinal doorstop hoping that he would think another had usurped his territory. And he quit the banging. Yeah!

However it was not long before he decided to use this window. So at first the plastic chickadee was not on the feeder as seen here. So since he seemed to stop at the other door, maybe this would work too.

As you can plainly see it did not work. And he started going back to the door again. Perhaps this is last year’s offspring. LOL

Last year I tried photos of predators, ribbons, a screen and string. However the only surefire way to stop last year’s cardinal was to coverup the door with cardboard. I do not plan cover up our big window. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Humans traveled less during COVID restrictions. Animals traveled more

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The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know.


  1. Looks like Cardinal had worn himself out. Panting even. Ive seen many do that to car mirrors. Does anyone know why they really do that? Ive seen different ideas but not positive reason why.

    1. I have always heard that he thought it was another male trying to take over its territory. But that was just hearsay. 🤷🏻‍♀️

        1. So Judy, you got me wondering if there was a study out there. 🤔 And I found it is called shadow boxing or reflective boxing. And sometimes female birds have been observed doing this as well. The thought is that the behavior is either defending territory from potential rivals or defending their food source. And many different species have been observed doing this across the world.
          Here are some samples of articles I found:

  2. We had a titmouse intent on this behavior with our car mirror. It got to the point it was actually scratching the areas around the mirror. Very frustrating. And the cardinal from a couple years ago would wake us up in the morning with his banging. Too much testosterone. I think what made him stop was closing the blinds so it didn’t reflect as well. But open the blinds during the day and he was right back at it, just not so early.

    1. I wish having the blind closed helped. But the blind on the front door is always closed and that is his favorite banging spot. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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