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Bird outside my window! Wanted Piggy?

Wildcavy

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[MENTION=21577]ech90[/MENTION], yes, a hawk's talons could tear through a screen like butter. At the wildlife center where I volunteer, you use special gloves that are heavier than welder's gloves just so they don't accidentally nick you.

Is the glass highly reflective - could the hawk be looking at itself and perceive another bird, rather than seeing into your home? Has it nested anywhere near you?

If you want, I can ask one of the raptor specialists why the hawk might be doing this.
 

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I agree with [MENTION=19254]Wildcavy[/MENTION] I'm no specialist or any thing, but I do know this. Screens were meant to keep bugs out- not birds of prey. There's a reason people who work with such birds wear special gloves. Their talons should never dull- if they did, they wouldn't be able to capture their prey. (Preferably prey outside the home, though, not inside! :) )

Do you own your home or are you renting? If renting, is it something your landlord would be willing to fix? It's a bird doing it, not your pets, so it seems like they would help. Moving her to another room doesn't sound like a bad idea, but at this point, I'm not sure if the bird would stop or not. I'd hate to have THIS kind of a pest control problem. Please keep us updated about if and how you are able to resolve this issue. I hope you don't have to move piggy permenantly.
 

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[MENTION=19254]Wildcavy[/MENTION] - That would be great if you could ask one of the specialists you know. It's just so weird because we've seen similar birds flying around for years but they were always much farther away. Now all of a sudden there have been 3 close encounters in only 5 days! I don't think the glass is any more reflective than normal glass, at least from the inside looking out, and I don't see any nests anywhere near.

[MENTION=22714]CritterLuvva[/MENTION] - It's not actually my home, it's my parent's. (I still consider it my home though, until I graduate from school and get a place of my own!) My mom doesn't seem too freaked out about the screen, although I don't know how my dad will react. This is definitely the bird's, not Piggy's, fault, but I am still going to offer to pay for the repairs.

We're going up to Canada this weekend and staying there for the next two months, so hopefully the bird will realize that Piggy is no longer here and will leave the windows and screens alone while we're gone. And after the summer I'm bringing Piggy back with me to school and we've never had any problems with large birds of prey there!

Piggy and Lily were cuddling again today and I just had to share a picture with you. I think it's kind of odd how they sleep together, but ridiculously cute!

Photo 72
 

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OMG, that is super scary, that bird is up to no good. Move your piggy to another room, one without windows (not forever, just for a week or two, maybe a month), clean the formely piggy room and spray some scents in the room to remove all guinea pig smell. After a few weeks the bird will think that someone else ate the piggy.
 

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OMG, that is super scary, that bird is up to no good. Move your piggy to another room, one without windows (not forever, just for a week or two, maybe a month), clean the formely piggy room and spray some scents in the room to remove all guinea pig smell. After a few weeks the bird will think that someone else ate the piggy.

Raptors such as hawks hunt with their eye sight, not their sense of smell. Others like owls hunt by sound. Spraying scent in the room isn't going to help. Most birds have very poor sense of smell (vultures being an exception). The hawk is likely being triggered by some visual stimuli; whether it is the piggy or its own reflection, I don't know.
 

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@CritterLuvva - It's not actually my home, it's my parent's. (I still consider it my home though, until I graduate from school and get a place of my own!) My mom doesn't seem too freaked out about the screen, although I don't know how my dad will react. This is definitely the bird's, not Piggy's, fault, but I am still going to offer to pay for the repairs. [/QUOTE}]

I completely understand. Most kids refer to their home as "my place" until they grow up and move out. I just wasn't aware that you were a minor. Nice of you to offer to have damage repaired that's not even your fault- and mature too! Are you in high school or college? How far off is getting a place of your own? (Just out of curiosity.) Suggestion still stands- if your parents are renting, the landlords may be willing to fix the minor damages on the screen.

[MENTION=20263]ArtiWho[/MENTION]
We're going up to Canada this weekend and staying there for the next two months, so hopefully the bird will realize that Piggy is no longer here and will leave the windows and screens alone while we're gone. And after the summer I'm bringing Piggy back with me to school and we've never had any problems with large birds of prey there!
 

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I'm not a minor - 22 years old! Although I am really short and still look like a kid, so most people assume I am still in my teens.

I'm going to be a senior next year in college (took a gap year after high school) so getting my own place is about a year away. During the school year I live on campus and not with my parents. My parents don't rent but the damage to the screen isn't too bad, just as long as the bird doesn't keep coming back and making it worse!
 

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Yikes! You can get screen that is supposed to withstand dogs nails. It is possible for a bird to do this. If you have to leave the window open, I would agree that you should move the piggies. Plus, if it did get in, it would damage a lot of other things even if it wasn't able to get at the piggie in it's cage.
 

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Thanks for posting this. I have sometimes left my window open while being away from home. There is a screen, but I am sure a bird could easily get through it if it wanted.

I knew birds had great vision, but I never suspected they'd be able to spot a small animal through a window. I will keep my window closed from now on since there are tons of hawks around here.
 
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