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

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Help! Lots of Birds on Tower Problem !
From: bob finger <>
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 12:40:48 -0500
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One well placed shotgun report with #9 shot moves Starlings or Grackles 
and after doing it a few times they seem to move on.  I have to convince 
very large flocks ( ie 50,000 or more I suspect ) once or twice each 
winter to not roost in the tree line surrounding the antenna field.  My 
real concern is the  big turkey vultures that like to sit once in a 
while on the 40 beam.  These are very large birds and the element sag is 
something to behold when 5 or 6 of these beasts sit on a single 
element.  They are either resting or hunting, I'm not sure which.  They 
are usually already gone by the time I take a shotgun off the rack and 
dig up a shell or three and walk outside. One needs to dissuade them, 
not shoot at them.  Even #9 shot will wreck havoc with aluminum 
elements, feedlines etc.  When the Bald Eagle visits tho, I grab the 
binoculars and watch that maginficent bird for as long as he will allow 
me to do so.  I suspect he is also a deterrent to other birds.  Right 
now we have millions of migrating Canada Geese in the area....they leave 
a mess on the ground, but do not land or roost in the towers thank 
goodness. Another joy to behold and listen to.  73 bob de w9ge  Merry 

Marc Wullaert ON4MA wrote:

>i'm using a owl for then years now.

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