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Old 06-27-2008, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Wilkes-Barre,Pa
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Question Black Birds ?

Ihave a ?, I put out moth balls around my pool to keep moles from digging under my pool, I saw two black birds picking up the moth balls, and rubbing them under there wings. has anybody ever seen this and why would they do this?
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Old 06-27-2008, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Duncan, OK
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My first thought was to wonder if they were Grackles...some of the goofiest birds on this earth. When I stopped laughing at the mental picture of them using mothballs for "underwing B.O." I did a little Googling...looks like it is common behaviour.

Davis: Mothballs may help birds run off pests : Columnists : Knoxville News Sentinel

Just do a search for Blackbirds and Mothballs...
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Old 06-27-2008, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Wilkes-Barre,Pa
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Ihave a ?, I put out moth balls around my pool to keep moles from digging under my pool, I saw two black birds picking up the moth balls, and rubbing them under there wings. has anybody ever seen this and why would they do this?
Thanks for that info, I never seen anything like that before.
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Old 06-27-2008, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Yellow Brick Road
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Just had to say . . . loved this post! I have seen a lot of crazy stuff w/ birds (and ohhhhh, how I DESPISE Grackles!!!!). But this thing w/ the mothballs . . . who knew??? Hee Hee Hee
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Old 06-28-2008, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Wilkes-Barre,Pa
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Ok, I have another ?, How do you keep the birds from eating your grass seed, I used to shoot the little *****, but my neighbors dont like hot lead flying around, I tried those fake owls,but they just laugh at them, Im thinking of geting the old shot gun out as a last resort. My neighbors cat used to help, but he retired, and sits on the back porch, drinking scotch and sodas.
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Old 06-28-2008, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Yellow Brick Road
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Ok, I have another ?, How do you keep the birds from eating your grass seed, I used to shoot the little *****, but my neighbors dont like hot lead flying around, I tried those fake owls,but they just laugh at them, Im thinking of geting the old shot gun out as a last resort. My neighbors cat used to help, but he retired, and sits on the back porch, drinking scotch and sodas.
Keeping birds away is a problem w/ seed . . . I have put up "noise makers" before, trying to keep Grackles away. Take pie pans, string several together like windchimes so they will make noise in the breeze - hand in trees. I even had a neighbor attach a string to the "noise makers" so she could pull it and jiggle it when the birds were around. She was having a BIG PROBLEM, LOL!!!!

I enjoy birdwatching and so don't want anything to actually harm the birds (except for blackbirds and grackles, wh/ I would LOVE to shoot). Intermittent water from a sprinkler also can help, but we are in a drought so that won't work at this time . . . Other than dogs and cats and children and various noise to keep the birds away . . . I don't have a solution.

I used to raise shelties and they loved to run after birds, so if you don't have a cat or a dog . . . maybe you should get one!!!
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Old 06-29-2008, 01:45 PM
 
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Once grackles start using treees as nesting places in the spring it is a very big problem to get rif of them. They will ignore all scare tactics in the end. This usually happens once a tree become very large and mature.The only solution is to make sure the tree of thsi type are not near the house that I have seen. Many peole cut down trees like thsi for that reason.
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:16 AM
 
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Where can I buy noise maker products for commerical property surrounding with trees.
Thanks
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Old 02-25-2011, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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Once grackles start using treees as nesting places in the spring it is a very big problem to get rif of them. They will ignore all scare tactics in the end. This usually happens once a tree become very large and mature.The only solution is to make sure the tree of thsi type are not near the house that I have seen. Many peole cut down trees like thsi for that reason.

Try to attract some hawks, bald eagles or other birds of prey. Wont they eat the Grackles?
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