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CISCOJOE 02-05-2002 12:09 PM

bird droppins
gosh, i am sick of the mess the birds at my marina make on my boat. i am located in central florida. anyone got any tips that work?

thanks in advance for your response.

BallastBoy 02-06-2002 04:37 PM

bird droppins
Are they landing on your boat or just using it for target practice?

BallastBoy 02-07-2002 08:07 AM

bird droppins
Courtesy of the Sailnet Tip of the day:

Strips of Mylar tied to the shrouds are an effective way to keep birds away. Their twinkle keeps even gulls at bay even when you have food out!

CISCOJOE 02-07-2002 11:37 AM

bird droppins
it''s target practice and i appreciate the tip.

Snap 02-07-2002 11:40 AM

bird droppins
At last, a use for all those unwanted CDs. String them in a row and hoist them up the mast. They''ll spin in the breeze, reflect light in rainbow tinted sparkles and help keep the birds at bay.

SailorMitch 02-07-2002 05:35 PM

bird droppins
One peregrine falcon will keep seagulls off an entire creek.

clayton 02-08-2002 08:14 AM

bird droppins
If you have a sailboat I assume their roosting on your spreaders ? ( the Cormorants do that up here in NE) We connect stainless rigging wire from o/s shroud into the mast, about 3-4 inches above the spreader. This prevents them from landing and roosting. If you search the internet there is a co. in Chicago that sells a metal strip with sharp points that you attach to the spreaders to prevent landings. We also hoist up a fake owl up the mast - it helps.

aasault 02-08-2002 09:32 AM

bird droppins
I see a lot of clear plastic bags tied to rigging in San Diego marinas. They look like the double handle ones you get at the grocery store. They appear to be tied up so the wind inflates them a little, and they rustle about.

DARE-Oriental 02-12-2002 05:11 PM

bird droppins
Try just lacing monofilament fishing line around. It''s cheap and works. Next time just cut it away and throw it away. i do like the sounds of the CD''s blowin in the wind.

davidk 02-13-2002 03:03 AM

bird droppins
Lots of people in Europe use the good old Owl. i.e. a plastic or wooden lifesize model. I don''t suppose it would be any less effective in N America!

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