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Re: I'm Sick Of Bird Poo

Putting Osprey nesting poles up in our area (and getting Osprey to nest on them) seems to help keep Cormorants away for a good portion of the summer. Monofiament tied a few inches above the spreaders and other roosting points also helps deter Cormorants and other fowl. We also had good results from a recording of seagulls & cormorants in distress that sounded at irregular intervals from a nearby boat. A neighboring homeowner complained about the noise, however, and it was turned off. BB's don't work around here: Cormorants are a Federally protected species under the Waterfowl Protection Act (because of treaties with both Canada and Mexico) , and you need a permit from the USDA Wildlife department in order to mess with them. People get fined for shooting them without a permit.
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Re: I'm Sick Of Bird Poo

I have to spike the top of my mast this year because of a F%#&@* cormorant!!! That piece of crap made a total mess last year on the mooring and I don't have a BB gun anymore...LOL

I will spike my spreaders while I am at it
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Re: I'm Sick Of Bird Poo

Thanks all for the many ideas,some I have tried with limited success,but others are well worth a try-unfortunately I dont have a feline that would be happy to stay on board on its own for any length of time,the boat is moored some distance from shore.Thanks again
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Re: I'm Sick Of Bird Poo

Bene, NYS didn't arrest them because they shot birds.

NYS arrested them because they killed protected animals in an animal sanctuary.

Very different.

What you can shoot, when and where you can shoot, all important little differences. And even when you are allowed to dispatch non-native waterfowl, you may be required to wring their necks--and not allowed to kill them by any other means, because the law says wringing their necks is the only "humane" way to kill nuisance waterfowl.

Go figure.

I'd say to crazy glue a couple of the bastards upside down to the spreaders so their distress calls would keep the others away, but that's considered inhumane. Don't ask me how I know. (VBG)
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Re: I'm Sick Of Bird Poo

Hellosailor, thanks for the particulars.

I know one thing. In my new job (Airfield Management) i'm in charge of the BASH (Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard) program to aggresively keep Birds/Wildlife off the airfield for aircraft safety.
I have bio-accoustics, screamers, bangers and a big truck. It takes everything i can to keep them out. I use both passive and active controls in my program. (You would be surprised what you learn about passive wildlife control)
The #1 thing you are told is to never let them become established. They will tell there buddies and be back. #2 THE most effective method of control is a shotgun. As you said, the US wildlife service dictates when and how this can be administered. Never happens. We use this technique overseas for the most part. I have a very expensive bio-acoustics machine, It sucks. Save your money.
Most birds are a lot smarter than people give them credit. We have found the best active controls besides chasing (truck) screamers and bangers is to use a dog that actively chases. We paid $15k a summer to have a border collie come out. Next best, Falcons. Next, remote control helicopters.

I like the cat idea the best. You could keep it on a invisible fence.

Honestly, Look around. Find out why they like the local area so much. Where do they eat? Get rid of it. Where do they nest? do away with it.
Birds don't like what they can't see, they are looking for there predators. We let the grass grow tall. (7-14 inches)Plant thick shrubs along any water edges. Manage trees to discourage roosting and nesting. Why are they loafing at your location? Are they in between feedings?
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Re: I'm Sick Of Bird Poo

$15k for one summer of one collie? Damn, Lassie, have some more caviar.

For $15K I'll chase the birds all summer too.

I'm all for the environment but at a certain point, I think the bleeding heaert imbeciles go too far. Just shoot the damned things on the runway, and they'll learn within one generation to stay away from the airport. End of problem, all you need to do is cull the bold ones in the flock in future years.

Anyone who disagrees should be required to make a midwinter water landing in the Hudson before being allowed to ever enter a voting booth again. And then, still required to take two birds home with them.

Of course if Bob Moses was still personally in charge of that airport...they wouldn't have DARED fly anywhere near it. (VBG)
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Re: I'm Sick Of Bird Poo

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Honestly, Look around. Find out why they like the local area so much.
We have a large retired population that feeds the birds. *sigh*
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Re: I'm Sick Of Bird Poo

Been on moorings and in slips. Seem to get less birds in slips. Sling shot with small ice cubes seems to work. Doesn't kill them but they don't come back and you don't damage anything if you miss. Only problem they crap as they take off when the ice shatters near them. One thing I learn cormorant guano ASAP. Once it's dried its hard to get off and may discolor what it's on.
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Re: I'm Sick Of Bird Poo

"Sling shot with small ice cubes"
Use a paintball gun, tell 'em this is a first amendment protected activity, you're trying to color in the poor bland colorless gulls as an art project.

Damn, I was sure those paintballs had defrosted...
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Re: I'm Sick Of Bird Poo

best way to keep birds off your boat is to toss fish onto some other boat so the birds start to like it better than yours, so maybe that boat "over there" than just wouldn't secure their halyards
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