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Be careful with disturbing, killing, or doing anything to birds, especially water fowl. They are protected under federal law- the Migratory Bird Act, even the ones that don't migrate. The enviros, Resource officers, will come after you with fines, jail if you are caught in the act. Passive systems like a strand of monofilament, cds, should be ok. The dutch man system with the monofilament works well for the boom. Spraying them with water may be, at best frowned upon.
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Be careful with disturbing, killing, or doing anything to birds, especially water fowl. They are protected under federal law- the Migratory Bird Act, even the ones that don't migrate. The enviros, Resource officers, will come after you with fines, jail if you are caught in the act. Passive systems like a strand of monofilament, cds, should be ok. The dutch man system with the monofilament works well for the boom. Spraying them with water may be, at best frowned upon.
Which is exactly what has to change.


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huh? You'll shoot the birds, but you consider essentially giving them birth control to be unethical and immoral?
The problem with poison is that you never know how far up the food chain it will go. Doesn't matter how selective it appears to be, just look at what happened with DDT.
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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.

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Re: Dealing with Birds at your Dock

I googled GooseGone. Looks like too much work to just and remove constantly and no marina is going to allow it.


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Goose Gone took me about 1 hour to install, and I am as handy as a foot! Or at least my pop says so

That's the initial time investment.

After that, it takes seconds (literally) to take down any side of the perimeter.

To me, the hour of up front time was well worth it, as I was spending 10minutes every day after work cleaning goose poop. Since installing it, I have had ZERO incidents.

For a marina it might be too cumbersome, but for any private party I think it would be a great solution. It surely worked for me!
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Re: Dealing with Birds at your Dock

Looks like GooseGone was busted.


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Re: Dealing with Birds at your Dock

Birds on top of mast, destroying windex and making a mess on the deck, Ospreys are protected, so any effort to remove them needs to be carefully thought out.
I chose a Pigstick, as shown in the photo. It's easy to erect and annoys the birds just enough to keep them off of our mast.
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Re: Dealing with Birds at your Dock

I finally found something that keeps the small birds off my spreaders, mast and boom. It's an osprey wind sock that flits and flutters its wings, looks real and those little birds no longer get anywhere near the boat when I have it flying. http://www.amazon.com/Jackite-OA-Osprey-Kite/dp/B000H48XHQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436020032&sr=8-1&keywords=osprey+kite
At first I tried it by tethering it to the flag line that runs up to the end of the spreaders, but when the wind switched it quickly became tangled in the shrouds. I found that it worked best when I tethered it to a bamboo pole attached to one of the pier pilings. It just flies all day, even in the lightest wind, and those birds never get closer than 100 yards.

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