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Old 11-11-2011, 07:55 AM
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Default Dang black birds on my dock and boat

For the first time in 8 years of living here, 1000's of black birds have decided that my dock and boat make a great afternoon place to hang out.
They are pooping on everything I got.

Any thoughts to deter them, and no I can't shoot them I live in the city, but boy I wish I could.
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Maybe try rubber snakes..............or fake owls.
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Catch a couple of the neighborhood stray cats and tie them up out there. If they get hungry, they will eat black bird.

Or rubber snakes....
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Are they those little black birds, the kind that fly around in a big flock together? If so just hook up an air horn and honk it at them, they will move on. It used to work for us.
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Do a little experiment; get in the general area of the black birds, without scaring them off (they don't actually have to see you) and give your hands a sharp loud clap (just one good clap, but make it a loud one). If your black birds are anything like ours the whole flock will take flight together (it's rather cool to watch). If this works, then noise is your tool of prevention.
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Originally Posted by Tarbaby View Post
Too bad they are not crows...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhmZBMuZ6vE
I've seen that.

I've been reading about the intelligence of crows recently. The part that really intrigues me is apparently they have the ability to pass their knowledge on to their young. That knowledge the young learn is then passed on to their young and so on. That's actually a pretty scary thought if you expand the possibilities. I know of two spots where the crows and seagulls will actually attack humans...any and all humans.
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Originally Posted by bellsisland View Post
...no I can't shoot them I live in the city, but boy I wish I could.
If they are starlings, yes, you probably can. Check with DNR and use a pellet gun. They are invasive birds and are harmful to the local song birds. If it is any other bird, you can't shoot them with anything.

In your area, it is likely flocks of starlings or flocks of grackles. ;?
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Up here, Starlings and Grackles fall under the "black bird" heading and therefore there is an open season on them with no limits. ....but a guy could go broke trying to thin the numbers. ...but he'll have a helll'of'a good time trying!
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Time for a Silencerco Sparrow and a brick of subsonics. Best bird remedy there is.
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Stringing a large net across the area will sometimes do the trick. The entire situation sounds like a future gumbo or jambalaya. Both are very good.
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shoot one, hang'em up by his foot, the rest of them won't come back.
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They are the little black ones, and if I clap they do leave, but I have to go out to almost to the end of the dock, 200', and in 20 min they are back.

I setup a wind mill thing, that spins in the wind and makes some noise. Putting up nets, stringing lines, etc would be a big pia, I need to see if there is anything that will make noise if a motion is tripped or something.

Next challenge is to keep the dang racoons from climbing all over my dock furniture with their muddy feet, I think they do it out of spite!
I go out there and clean it off, at night they come back and walk all of it again, I mean why do they need to climb all over the furniture? UHGGGGG
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We had them for awhile. Seal bombs and our cat cleared them out or killed them off.
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They were here for a few days - I think they go South for the winter - just wait a few days and they will be gone.....unless of course you live in the South......



...........Actually have no idea how FAR south they go....


Do they look like this? If they do, don't f*** with 'em.



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Have you tried stringing some mono filament line at the tallest part of the dock. Attach some CD's about every 5' or so to it. Alot of people also hang ziploc bags filled with water down here in FL.
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If you can kill one, hang it so they can see it. Weird enough I know but they won't return ... ever! Tried and true!
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Don't know if you have a garden hose hook up but this would prbly work

http://www.amazon.com/Contech-CRO101.../dp/B000071NUS
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thats cool, just what I need.


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Don't know if you have a garden hose hook up but this would prbly work

http://www.amazon.com/Contech-CRO101.../dp/B000071NUS
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Hi All, First post here at Hull Truth... Looking forward to soaking up a lot of knowledge as I'm pretty new to sailing.

Anyway, we had a huge problem with birds here in New Bedford, MA, and a lot of folks seemed to have good results with solar-powered, sonic repelling devices... They don't take up any space and you don't have to deal with strips, nets or any of that stuff. I assume they would work well on docks, as well.

My 2 cents.
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Thanks for all of the replys, they seem to have moved on, possibly further south, which is a relief, cause washing the boat every other day was getting old.

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