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Nothing brightens Peggy's day more than being awakened from a nap by the KER-PLUNK of a bird slamming into a sunroom window.

Suicidal blackbirds

Ironically, sometimes doing the right thing for the environment can be the wrong thing for wildlife.

Last year, my husband and I had the old hazy-looking windows in our sunroom replaced with new energy-saving, double-paned models.

What we hadn’t considered was that nasty-looking haze on the old windows made them look like gray walls to the birds. The new windows are transparent.

Most birds have great vision; vultures high in the sky can see dead varmints on the ground. But the birds in our backyard seem a little near-sighted, with several of them flying into our new windows, mostly with fatal results.

We’ve considered putting colorful tape or decals on the windows to give the birds a warning. I know it’s selfish, but that would ruin our nice view of the woods beyond our yard. And it would ruin Peggy’s day – the indoor kitten lives for any distraction. The occasional KER-PLUNK of a suicidal blackbird makes her little feline day. Besides, dead birds make a nice supper for raccoons visiting our yard at night.

Bird lovers, set me and Peggy straight on this. My husband feels bad for the birds and wants some advice. Would you put bright bits of tape on your new windows to save a few birds, or would you preserve the good looks of your new windows and let the scavengers reap the benefits?