Join Date: Nov 2008
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Re: Dealing with Birds at your Dock
We've tried most of the methods mentioned: CD's, the owl, a rubber snake, which was evidently carried away by something as it was there one day, gone the next; twanging the shrouds seems to work too, if you're there when the birds are in the rigging. Our wind generator, spinning slowly when braked, seemed to help at times.
In Savannah/SE GA, most of our bird issues on the boat come not from herons, pelicans, gulls, (they get the docks), but from Grackles. Another point is none of the previously mentioned methods prevent the 'fly-over-drop.'
We've been trying to get our marina folks to bring in a falconer during Grackle season. I think one or two Peregrine falcons, flying about once a week or so might clear the crowds. Ospreys don't seem to bother the Grackles as they don't hunt them. Peregrines take out prey in a 90mph dive in flight.
Bill & Lisa Ballard
S/V Jo Beth
1984 Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34, Hull #16
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