Want to ask a question? Click here

Why are there dead birds on the sidewalk near BB&T downtown?

Shelby Sebens
StarNews

Every year several birds show up dead on sidewalks downtown after colliding into glass windows and doors. Employees of The Harrelson Co., which owns the BB&T building at 115 N. Third St., Wilmington [Map this], say they have researched why this occurs. There are two main reasons birds collide with glass, ultimately leading to their demise. First, glass is invisible to birds and when they see a potted plant inside or the reflection of trees across the street, they flight straight into the glass.

Lisa Britt, property manager of The Harrelson Co., said the holly trees across the street shoot a reflection into the BB&T building’s glass.

“The birds see that and they go straight to it,” she said.

Another reason birds might be turning up dead this time of year has to do with night time migration. Birds that migrate at night often become lured by lights in tall buildings. Sometimes the buildings just happen to be in the path of the bird’s migration, according to information provided by Britt.

She also added that BB&T is not the only building where this occurs.

Related links:

What kind of wildlife can you see at local parks?

What happened to the pigeons that used to be in downtown Wilmington? Has the city been feeding them chemicals?

Do you have any idea where the hummingbirds are this year?

While feeding the gulls the other day, I noticed a few wearing metal bracelets on their right ankles. Why?

User-contributed question by:
Bob Lock

Got a comment about this post or know more about the answer? Click here to let us know!


Bookmark and Share

X
Ask a question
X

Ask a question

If you’re looking for answers about living in coastal North Carolina, you’ve come to the right place. If we don’t have the answer to your question, we’ll find out or try to find someone who does. Hey, that’s our job! So, ask your question below and we’ll do our best to find the answer. Once we do, we’ll post it in an appropriate category.





Can we use your name to credit you by name (no e-mail or other contact information) with this question when we post an answer?
Yes
Your question:

Post a comment
X

Talk to us!

Have a comment about this post or know more about the answer? Use this form to let us know. Note that all comments are moderated and must be approved before they are posted, although you may see your own comments the first time you post them.





Your comment: