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Old 06-09-2008, 08:41 AM
 
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No kidding...there are six nests on the outside of my house, and the birds are making a racket and a terrible mess. They build some sort of mud-based nest that clings to the walls underneath the eaves of my house. Any idea what they are and how to rid the house of them?
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Old 06-09-2008, 08:56 AM
 
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those are Swallow nests. Swallows are good birds, very acrobatic, and they go after a lot of insects, gliding through the air gulping them up (hence the name). They prefer to nest in large groups, from what I usually see.

I assume you must live near a canal or irrigation ditch or something...typically that's where they are too, usually living beneath overpasses or canal bridges, in order to gather up the mud to make their nests.

Not much you can do other than knock the nests down (assuming they don't have chicks) and try securing a fake owl or something to the corner of the house to keep them away.
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:16 AM
 
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We live near a fairly large catchment pond. The birds are wonderful to watch soar through the air, but they are making a huge mess on outside of my house. On top of that, they start making a racket a dawn, so no one can sleep past about 5:00 a.m. Thanks for the tips.
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Old 06-09-2008, 10:16 AM
 
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I heard they like certain types of houses, especially stucko. Don't know if thats what you have. Some neighbors down the street use owl statues to scare them away. This usually just lasts a few weeks a year, although it can get very messy! Good luck.
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Old 06-09-2008, 10:17 AM
 
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well, if you were in california you'd be screwed.. not sure about colorado though
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Old 06-09-2008, 10:23 AM
 
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We affixed a fake owl to the deck, keeps most birds from messing on the deck and my fine Irish fixtures (aka Patty O' Furniture). Hey, stop hitting me, I've waited YEARS to use that line! Late at night we hear other owls trying to talk (hit on?) our owl. What a HOOT! Hey, stop hitting me....

On some windows we have black peel and press silhouettes of a certain bird (swallow?) that scares away birds, the point is to keep them from crashing into large windows, which reflect the blue sky and like open airspace to birds.

Meanwhile, I do like birds . . . . flame broiled or roasted . . .
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Old 06-09-2008, 10:32 AM
 
Location: CO
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well, if you were in california you'd be screwed.. not sure about colorado though
Same here. The Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act controls:

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Native birds such as warblers, swallows and hummingbirds are protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Even birds that don’t generally migrate, such as robins and wrens and woodpeckers are protected under the Act. The Act prohibits destruction of nests with eggs or young. . .
Fish and Wildlife Service
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Old 06-09-2008, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Concord, CA
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No kidding...there are six nests on the outside of my house, and the birds are making a racket and a terrible mess. They build some sort of mud-based nest that clings to the walls underneath the eaves of my house. Any idea what they are and how to rid the house of them?
Either ignore it, or get a high pressure nozzle for your hose and spray 'em down.
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Old 06-09-2008, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Well, if it wasn't the swallows waking you up at 5am, there would be another bird of some sort. That seems to be the time (or earlier), when they all seem to get going. We have a bird here that is so loud tweeting at 4am....and that's with all the windows closed and the ceiling fans going.
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Old 06-09-2008, 12:33 PM
 
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Oh, for crying out loud! Live with it. It is nature. I have many birds around my property with nests, chicks, and it a wonderful life. So, they are making a mess?? a racket??---big deal. You people make more of a racket with your leaf blowers, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers; your horseless carriages, your "music" and your show of your vanities. Let us not forget your barking dogs which you ignore.

Birds are eating insects; some of you believe that covering your yard with poisonous pesticides is better But that is good because you buy natural and organic foods...

You want to get rid of them--you can move to a sterile yuppie enclosed compound and make sure it is gated--so you cannot escape, and when the revolution comes we will know where to find you.

Livecontent
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