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Old 01-29-2009, 07:24 AM
 
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:02 AM
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:10 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Yes, that's right. They come to the city's asphalt areas for warmth at night. This happens in cities all over the world.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:38 AM
 
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When we first got here, the birds totally freaked us out too. We ater dinner once at the IHOP at Marbach and 410, never ever seen anything like it up in the PNW.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:50 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I love the sound of the birds!! But then I don't live in town and don't get to hear it that often.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Stone Oak
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UT Austin had a problem with thousands of grackles coming to roost on campus back around 1989. They tried a number of solutions, but the one that ultimately worked was to scare them off with some kind of firecracker-like device. For a couple of weeks, a truck would wander up and down the streets at nightfall firing a gun that shot something that detonated just above the trees. There were a lot of complaints that the noise was more a nuisance than the grackles, but the birds eventually got the message and moved away permanently - much to the dismay of the next tenant I'm sure.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:09 AM
 
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The HEB on Marbach installed audio devices that seemed to work - I think the sound they played was that of some type of bird of prey, made the grackles scatter. But, they didn't go far, just over to the fast food places.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:12 AM
 
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HEB at IH-10 and DeZavala has the same scene at night. I remember hearing hawk cries at one HEB. They must have installed speakers to emit the cry of a hawk in order to scare off the birds. Don't know if it worked or not for the birds in the trees or if it was to scare off doves, etc that wanted to roost in the protected areas of the building.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:38 AM
 
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I see them every morning on a certain section of a power line at Hildebrand and 281. There is always a group of them on the part of the power line that is over 281 northbound, but never on the southbound side. Are the power lines warm? Why just that section?

I've also wondered if cars get droppings from those birds as the cars are going north on 281, just before they go under the Hildebrand overpass.
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:23 PM
 
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