Why Do Birds Fly Into Windows?

A chickadee lands on the ground and grabs a small bug for a snack. It quickly takes off only to fly smack dab into your front window, and you hear that awful "thud".

Fortunately this was only a glancing hit. After retreating to a nearby tree branch to recover, the chickadee regains its wits and flies off in another direction. This little bird was lucky. Window collisions result in many thousands of bird deaths every year.

Clear glass is totally invisible to birds. Instead, they see reflections of their surroundings, like trees and sky. Or they find a houseplant or shiny objects inside your house very interesting, and fly towards them. If you take a walk around your house and look at the reflections in your windows, you will see them as your birds see them.

However, you can minimize or even eliminate this problem by hanging objects either inside or outside the glass window or door to break up those reflections.

About 6 years ago I had the idea to use strips of vinyl adhesive paper (brand name 'Contact') arranged in a diagonal pattern, to prevent my wild birds from banging into our windows.

First, I made sure the glass was clean and free of any grease that might prevent adhesion. I chose a light-colored wood grain design vinyl adhesive paper, which I found in the local big box discount store. I then measured the window diagonally from corner to corner, and cut my first strip that length, plus 3 inches to allow for waste. There is a grid on the paper backing, so measuring 2 inch strips was a breeze. You can use any width you want, depending on the size of your windows. However, you do not want the strips so close together that they might obscure your view.

I started my first strip in an upper corner of the window and adhered the strip to the window glass in a straight line, ending in the opposite bottom corner. I trimmed the excess adhesive paper and measured for the next strip. Keeping the strips in a straight line is easy if you make a cardboard template that is your desired width (I chose 2 "wide), and long enough to reach from corner to corner on your window. Uniform distance from one strip to another. Instead of cardboard, you may choose to use a long piece of wood that is the desired width.

Continue to add strips diagonally in one direction, and then start in the opposite upper corner and repeat. This pattern reminds me of an English country house. I think it makes a charming addition to the look of our house. Visibility is not impaired for me, and no birds have hit our windows since I installed this treatment.

I have washed the windows as usual, but with a gentle hand. So far the pattern has remained in tact and still looks great. It has weathered rain, snow, sleet, wind, hot sun and various window cleaners …

The Used BMW X5 Gains Favor

The BMW continues its dominance of luxury car markets the world over as more auto players enter the arena. Car technology has definitely changed exponentially in the last 50 years. With the entry of more auto manufacturers into the world market competition has intensified as each automaker attempts to prove themselves. While it is a true statement that most of these automakers have brought truly wondrous features to the cars they have produced, a few automakers continue to dominate the luxury divisions. One of them is the BMW. There are many brands of the BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke AG ) but one brand that has stirred attention is the x5 sports utility version.

A new x5 is a technological marvel. BMW was somewhat late in joining the SUV market but when it did, it represented itself well. This statement was solidly sent out through the X5 which is a next generation sport utility vehicle.

A new x5 can run up to $55000.00. This may be a hefty amount and due to the tough economic times, many are looking for bargain prices and have therefore settled for looking for a used BMW x5. The used versions can be equally delightful depending on the actual condition and the dealership. Car dealerships like CarMax take particular care to ensure that a used model fits the actual standards of quality. This means that extensive tests are run on the actual model to ensure that everything is in shape. A used BMW x5 can run you anywhere between $20,000 and $45000 depending on the features installed.

The x5 is usually 4-door and comes with standard SUV features. It has a v8 32v 8-cylinder engine which is primarily powered by gasoline. Hybrid brands are still in the works. The exterior deviates a little from the standard “Big Three” SUV models in that is appears to be more compact. It comes with a 5 -speed or automatic transmission that boasts dynamic stability allowing the passengers to experience some of the smoothest rides ever in the motoring world.

The interior comes with climate-controlled AC which employs computerized temperature-monitoring. This means that the front of the car can have an entirely different temperature setting from the rear seats. Some models come equipped with additional accessories such as an auxiliary DVD player with a screen which flips open much like the one inside an airplane. The sound system is Bose, which offers customers an added layer of luxury. The speakers are optical surround which is ideal for very high quality orchestra sound.

Other features include heated seats, dual temperature controls, cruise control and tinted windows. It also comes with anti-lock ABS brakes and dual airbags. Newer models also sport side airbags. Most features which come preinstalled in most high-end vehicles are also found standard in the X5 such as power steering, power windows, front and back wiper blades, automatic side mirrors and the like.

The best place to buy a used BMW x5 is at the local dealership. This is …