Hey guys. We have a privacy bush on the side of our place. It's got about 30
years of growth on it so it's pretty big. Birds are nesting there, which is
not a problem. Except recently the damn things have decided to use our cars
for target practice (3-4 times a day). Aside from buying a cat, are there
any good way to deter the birds? Something that isn't lethal? (Besides, the
city doesn't like folks who discharge firearms of any sort in the city.
Check out some garden catalogs like Burpee's (www.burpee.com), or a couple
of local garden centers. There are all sorts of toys designed to frighten
away birds, like fake snakes, spinning doo-dads, etc. They sort of work,
until the birds get used to them. Or, put more wax on the cars.
<< good way to deter the birds? Something that isn't lethal? >>
I've seen a neighbor do this with a bunch of blackbirds:
He took a couple of 2 x 4's about 30" long, held them together at the bottom
and brought the tops smartly together like a big clapper. Made a helluva crack
like a .22 long rifle, and the birds left pronto. When they ventured back some
time later the treatment and results were the same. IIRC, it took three, maybe
four tries and they were gone. Perfectly legal, didn't bother anyone that we
are aware of and cheap to boot. HTH
I've done battle with mockingbirds that dive-bomb anyone who enters
their territory, which happens to coincide with my backyard. I put up
a realistic-looking plastic owl in one of the trees. Mockers fear
owls. End of mockingbird problems. Changing the location of the owl
occasionally keeps the mockers at bay.
I have a Cardinal family bombarding my windows. I called the Audobon Society
and they tell me that when the Cardinals are nesting, they see reflections
of themselves in the window and thinking it's an interloper, they attack it.
I wound up putting a drop cloth on the outside of my bedroom window so that
we could get some sleep and not hear the constant bombardment. Now they
attack the other windows. All I can hope for is that the 'father' gets a new
job elsewhere and they have to relocate.
Shiny ribbons work VERY well. I used to have a problem with pigeons
roosting/nesting in the eaves of the roof. We have plenty of
neighborhood cats--and I have two of my own, but the cats couldn't
quite get to the nests. The pigeons used everything as target
practice--I would come home afterwork and the front porch would be
covered with pigeon poop. Anyway, I told my dad about it, and he said
to use those shiny ribbons (I think they may be cellophane?). They are
metallic-looking, color on one side and silver on the other. For some
reason, the birds are scared of those things. My dad used them on the
garden patch up in Oregon, and apparently it works really well. I tied
a bunch of strips together, up in the eaves and I haven't had any
roosting birds for 5 years.
They're Mylar ribbons--kind of reflective, shiny, metallic looking. I
tried to find some images on the web, but am not too successful.
Here's one site, but they come in all sorts of colors:
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