What is that popping sound?

a male and female cardinal beating a window reflection of themselves

A male and female cardinal beating a window reflection of themselves

This weekend we were hearing some random popping that sounded like someone firing a shotgun, but not very close. But the sound was so random, and it was coming from an unexpected direction. Then I looked out the window and noticed a female cardinal hopping around in the bridal wreath, near where we have a basement window. I have heard of cardinals and robins attacking windows at this time of year. They are territorial, and they see their image in the window and think it is an interloper that they need to chase away. She must have been randomly pecking at the window. Check out this website http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/faq/master_folder/windows/document_view

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