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Old 02-23-2021, 11:52 AM   #1
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Wife and I live in the country and we have a lot of windows and a huge picture window on the east side of our house in our living area.

We are having a male cardinal constantly pounding himself against the windows and even on the side windows on each side of our entry door. he does the same on my truck when it is parked. pounding against the front glass and the door glass. He acts as if he is going after an insect or possibly seeing his reflection and going after a rival. Either that or I think he is nuts.

Anyone ever seen this tye of behavior from a cardinal? It is actually getting so bad and bothersome I may have to SSS his rear!
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Old 02-23-2021, 11:56 AM   #2
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They are territorial and he sees another male reflection on the glass. I've seen them actually get bloody attacking truck mirrors.
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Old 02-23-2021, 11:56 AM   #3
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I'll bet you he thinks its a rival, and attacks his reflection
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Old 02-23-2021, 11:56 AM   #4
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Yes, cardinals will wear out side mirrors fighting their reflection
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Old 02-23-2021, 11:58 AM   #5
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Cardinals do that a lot.


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Old 02-23-2021, 12:01 PM   #6
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We have a cardinal that guards the bird feeder. Anything approaches it, other birds or squirrels, and he goes after them.


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Old 02-23-2021, 12:06 PM   #7
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Had one a while back kicking his own butt on my mirror ......good times watching that
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Old 02-23-2021, 12:08 PM   #8
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Blue jays will do the same thing.
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Old 02-23-2021, 12:21 PM   #9
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I dont get it, but they do it around our house all the time too. We ended up putting some black solar screens on the windows and that stopped them from hitting the windows, but they still hammer the French doors on the back porch.
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Old 02-23-2021, 12:36 PM   #10
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I had one doing it every time I parked at work for two weeks. It was like he was waiting on me every morning. Then one day he was gone never saw him again.
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Old 02-23-2021, 01:22 PM   #11
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My son has to put socks over his mirrors to get them to stop.
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Old 02-23-2021, 01:34 PM   #12
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I’ve seen cardinals do this many times.
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Old 02-23-2021, 01:48 PM   #13
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As others have said, the males are territorial and seeing their reflections. They'll go until they kill themselves a lot of the time
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