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Old 04-02-2012, 09:11 AM
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Legally, you can't do anything effective. Illegally... badminton.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:53 PM
 
Location: denison,tx
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growing up we had a cat that made the mistake of getting into a bluejays nest of baby birds...
the jays literally dive-bombed the cat and attacked it, poking out one of it's eyes in the process...
the cat left the birds alone after that...
we now have a mockingbird that must be blind because I hear it singing all night long...
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I think you'd probably have to move the owl a time or two to make him more real.....

Mockingbirds are nuts......try having one sing after dark when you work graveyard and are trying to take a nap before work.....

Try some metallic streamers.......or some of those spike thingies that they put on restaurants near the ocean..... California farmers hang shiny streamers in trees..... If you have some empty soda cans around, cut them in half, flatten and flare them out at the bottom by snipping them......hang them on string......they should flop around a bit in a breeze or at least be shiny enough to blind the birds.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Get a dog.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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The mockingbird is very territorial and protective. I've seen them attack people, cats and crows to protect a nest.
I have a resident pair of cardinals all year. They seem very docile to me.
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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We now have the plastic owl and a plastic snake - it seems to be working. It could be because I painted two new eyes on my plastic owl or that I just bought a new plastic snake? I lost the eyes out of my owl to the crows - they pecked the eyes out a few years ago. Crows don’t like owls and hawks. I also have a headless plastic snake - a hawk ate the head off. I presume he did not like his meal because he did not finish the snake.

Anyway; no poop on the railing! All’s quite on the eastern front. Hopefully he will fly off and heckle some other unsuspecting home owner. Hopefully it will be a owner that has a cat with a taste for robin.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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I just wanted to say that a new plastic snake and a plastic owl (with eyes) is not necessarily the answer! Perhaps it is time to get out the aluminum pans or my wife’s flying pig? Fortunately; spring will not last forever. Their offspring do grow up quick and the family will move on. It is just disheartening to think that I am not as smart as the average robin!
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