Joking aside, the osprey is probably close to to the top of the avian food
chain in your neighborhood, so he's probably not afraid of many things. The
ideas for obstructing his perch are probably the most practical. Then
there's always the shotgun. Is the osprey a protected species??
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Sent: Monday, July 24, 2006 9:33 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Towers and Sea Birds
> Try a porcupine or rabbit's foot.
> Seriously, build your antennas strong enough to not get bend and don't
> about it. By thankful it's not a parrot chewing on your cables.
> Subject: [TowerTalk] Towers and Sea Birds
> From: "mryan001"
> Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2006 21:22:24 -0400
> Well here is a new wrinkle for the brain trust. I have a consisent
> with large sea birds ( OSPREYs ) sitting on the highest antenna on my
> 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
> decided to perch and POOP on mine. On Friday he decided to land on a
> antenna and bent the reflector on my 5 ele 6 meter beam. I fixed that
> 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.
> 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
> birds such as the large poop laiden Ospreys off a tower? Serious
> please...thanks. - Mike
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