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Re: [TowerTalk] Unusual bird problem - Bird stuck in mast

To: "'K8RI on TowerTalk'" <>,<>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Unusual bird problem - Bird stuck in mast
From: "Wes Attaway (N5WA)" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2007 20:29:17 -0600
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One potential problem with this thread is that some bird lover
fanatic will pick it up and become concerned.  The concern could
lead to a movement to force all hams to plug the tops of their

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of K8RI on
Sent: Tuesday, January 02, 2007 6:05 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Unusual bird problem - Bird stuck in

Birds are not exactly the brightest critters on the planet
although some are 
a lot smarter than others. In general the little ones are at the
shallow end 
of the gene pool. OTOH Ducks and Sea Gulls are pretty close to
shallow water 
as well.

Some birds are great at judging distance, but many are not.
They will perch on top of a pipe, look down and think the
equivalent of 
"this little hole might make a good nest" not realizing that
little hole 
goes a longgg way down.  Once inside they can not jump back up
nor can they 
use their wings in the confined space. In some instances they
might have 
ducked into the "hole" to avoid a Hawk. The Hawk would have been

However it's not uncommon.

Roger Halstead (K8RI and ARRL 40 year Life Member)
N833R - World's oldest Debonair CD-2

>I have seen dead birds in my 3" diameter mast.  I'm not sure how
> happens.
> John KK9A
> To:
> Subject: [TowerTalk] Unusual bird problem - Bird stuck in mast
> From: Bill Coleman
> Date: Mon, 1 Jan 2007 22:40:40 -0500
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> Today I climbed the tower to take down the four foot lighted
> snowflake that serves as a Christmas decoration. Just before I
> down, I noticed something odd.
> My nine-foot mast is mounted about 1/2" above the top of the
> I did this because when doing some antenna maintenance a couple
> years or so ago, I found the mast full of acorns. The 1/2" gap
> the acorns to fall through.
> What I noticed were some feathers sticking out of the bottom of
> mast. A bit of digging with a piece of wire, it turned out to
be a
> bird carcass -- a finch, if memory serves. Apparently, he had
> into the top of the mast, then he couldn't climb back out. Poor
> Anyone else seen anything like this?
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