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Re: [TowerTalk] Towers and Sea Birds

To: "mryan001" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Towers and Sea Birds
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 01:37:56 +0000
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     No experience with this one at my QTH but try stringning 20 lb fishing 
line or string trimmer line a few inches above the element in question.  (Not 
sure how to do this.)  Folks on TT have said this technique has been effective 
in keeping the larger birds from roosting on airborne aluminum.

73 de
Gene Smar  AD3F

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From: "mryan001" <>
> Well here is a new wrinkle for the brain trust.  I have a consisent problem
> with large sea birds ( OSPREYs ) sitting on the highest antenna on my tower
> at night.  The tower is cranked down to roughly 30ft at night but it is
> still one of the tallest perches around in this flat, waterfront
> neighborhood.  All the sailboat masts are taken by other birds so ERNIE has
> decided to perch and POOP on mine.  On Friday he decided to land on a lower
> antenna and bent the reflector on my 5 ele 6 meter beam.  I fixed that today
> and placed a large brown OWL up there in the process. No birds today, but
> ERNIE is back tonight discussing flood insurance premiums with the owl.  The
> owl has had no effect in scaring off the Osprey. So here in lies the
> quesiton: what if anything, short of a revolver, is effective in keeping sea
> birds such as the large poop laiden Ospreys off a tower?  Serious responses
> please...thanks.  - Mike
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