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my buddy put up an owl, a week later it was an owl covered in doo doo. the blue heron who hangs around drops about a bucket of paint... this came up in another thread, some folks mentioned that spikes or the monofiliment trick work well.
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I've heard hanging a dead sea gull in the rigging works
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I've heard hanging a dead sea gull in the rigging works
Only on someone else's boat!
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There is a chemical called "Hot Foot" or something like that, that building owners use to keep pigeons away...
Not to sure if I would want to use it... Rain washing down onto the boat decks where we walk barefooted..... OUCH! No! Bad Idea, very bad idea.
Bird spikes & line along with moving Icons of Hawks & Owls....
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try a plastic owl or hawk (you can get them from garden supply houses). If that doesn't work, try a real owl or hawk
I've also seen people successfully use plastic snakes to keep the dump ducks off their boats.
Good luck with the owl.



In New Zealand we don't have any snakes of any description so birds are not frightened of them because they have no idea what they are looking at.
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aye me laddie, just like ye ole emerald isle where the good st paddy got rid of em too....

on a funny note, my yacht broker buddy (mainly deals P/B's) was going down to a sailboat to clean it up to show... he opens the anchor locker and sees a BIG FLIPPIN SNAKE!! slams the locker shut, runs up the dock, calls the owner to ask,"Uhhh do you guys put plastic snakes around the boat to scare off mice or something?" Quick response = "no." Even quicker response, "OK, well then you are going to have to come down here and clean this thing up yourself!!"

while im on a roll, another funny....

same yacht dude calls me... "are you on the dock?" me="yep" he "well im tied up and some folks are coming down to see that catalina on four, can you let them in?" me="sure no problem" so they call, i open the gate, take them down and tell them to take their time, just shut the gate when you go, call with questions etc etc...
so im walking back to another dock. my phone rings--its broker buddy..."hey have you seen those folks?" "yeah i just let them in and told them to take their time, just to shut the gate" "OH CRAP" he says. "what?? I did what you asked??" "I was calling to tell you there is a wasp infestation and there is a can of spray over on the trojan!!" me="well i guess that will be the shortest boat showing in history..."

never heard from them again. ROFLMAO
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a mixture of fishing line from the back and forward stays, and flapping trash bags has helped allot.. But they and their feathered friends are still a pest...
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We've got an osprey that likes to stand on mast heads. Amazingly adept at standing on the wind vane on your wind instruments. And these are heavy birds, we've had a lot of broken wind vanes. They don't seem to leave a lot of deposits, just break your gear. A pair of them attempted to nest on the T-Top of a power boat on a mooring. This didn't sit well with the owner.

We've got cormorants who like to leave colorful deposits. They like spreaders. What are they eating when they are diving down? Certainly must be some colorful fish. Cormorant knee high stainless wire seems to discourage this. Plastic owls don't seem to do anything.

The sea gulls like dock pilings. Cone heads seem to deter this. Pilings seem to pre-occupy the sea gulls here, no time for boats I guess.

Yep, its a regular Hitchcock movie here.
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More than one has tried to tell me that the reason gulls are protected is that they eat some multiple amount of their body weight in stuff that would otherwise rot and cause disease. I have no rational way to understand why the depositing of the waste from that activity isn't equally as bad.

I'm also told that gulls are the smartest of all bird species and communicate with each other. This I believe. I am aware of an illegal shotgun purging that took place at a location I will not disclose. Their friends have still not returned. I'm sure the escapees spread the word.
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There was a great article in Practical Sailor several months ago about which bird repellent devices were effective. By and large, most were ineffective at best. The owls, hawks, snakes, etc.. only work for a very short period then the critters get used to seeing them and they're completely ignored. The best ones were those that were spinning devices with sensors that triggered them when bird approached.

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