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Re: [TowerTalk] Help! Lots of Birds on Tower Problem !

To: "'N6KI Dennis Vernacchia'" <>,<>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Help! Lots of Birds on Tower Problem !
From: "Marc Wullaert ON4MA" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 17:23:03 -0000
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i'm using a owl for then years now.It is placed on the boom of my 40m beam
on top above
my tribander beam.
It is never on the same place and the owl is mounted on a system from a
bikers wheel.
He is turning on his one at his mountingplate.

Before at my other qth in the city  I  placed the owl on my tower.No help
because the owl stay
alsways on the same place.People got poop on there cars.O i never forget the
japanese tourist
came over to take a picture.

This summer I took down the  antennas for  maintanance and checked the
owl.No colors anymore so I painted
him like a snow-owl.

still no birds on my tower...sometimes i have crow's flying around the owl
and they make sense to attack
him but few turns around and they are gone.

Marc on4ma

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To: "'N6KI Dennis Vernacchia'" <>;
Sent: Friday, December 22, 2006 3:35 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Help! Lots of Birds on Tower Problem !

> Hi Dennis... I'm a wildlife biologist and ham... If the birds you see on
> tower have short tails and gold-flecks against a black feather coat,
> probably starlings. If their tails are longer, they're either blackbirds
> grackles. My guess would be starlings.
> The plastic owls only work if they're moved every few days (the other
> notice that the owl hasn't been moving, and after a few careful tests to
> see, learn that it's not a threat.) Noisemakers like carbide cannons or
> whistler shells are often employed to frighten them away, and some
> commercial animal control firms may have them and can obtain the perhaps
> necessary permits for the temporary "shots" from your local government.
> you're out in the country, with no neighbors too close, there are other
> simpler, less expensive options...).  There's a wrap that is sometimes
> placed along ledges, etc. and could be wrapped around the cross braces of
> your tower, but I'd think there are too many braces to cover economically.
> There's also a commercial mix called "Tanglefoot" that makes a temporarily
> sticky surface that frightens birds once they're landed on it, and it
> probably be the next best option after the noisemakers. Check wildlife
> supply places like Ben Meadows or Forestry Suppliers for supplies and
> information. They both have web sites, give 'em a Google.
> Starlings tend to return to the same "safe roosts" year after year, and
> they've probably decided that your tower now is one! You just have to make
> it somehow convince them that it's "unsafe" instead.
> For what it's worth from the nature trivia end of things, there's a very
> strict order by which they arrange themselves on towers or tree roosts,
> the older and more dominant birds at the top, and the younger less
> birds arranged downward according to their status. The upshot, of course,
> that the boss birds don't get wetted by those above them. If you're the
> youngest bird, everybody above you messes on you. Kind of like the
> world these days...
> Let me know how it turns out !    Cheers....Bob
> Bob Hinkle, KK8ZZ
> Solon, Ohio 44139
> Grid: EN91gj
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