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Quickstep192 05-25-2013 07:42 AM

What are you doing to deter birds
I know this has been discussed in the past, but you never now what new inventions might have been developed by sailors to keep birds off the boat.

I taped a pinwheel to a stick and hauled it up the main halyard so it ended up just above the mast top. It seemed to work, but it didn't last long. One of the blades broke off and that was all she wrote. What are others doing to keep birds of the mast, particularly big birds like osprey?

Tim R. 05-25-2013 07:48 AM

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We usually have a wind generator up but have not had a chance to install it yet this year(next week). In the interim I have a solar powered owl whose head rotates. Seems to work pretty good. Have him mounted on the solar panel frame. $30 from Amazon.

overbored 05-25-2013 10:51 AM

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bird flash tape hoisted up on a stick so it will stream over the mast head and some on the flag halyard

MarkofSeaLife 05-25-2013 11:45 AM

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I was in Key West for a few days and the shags were horrendous!
As I wasmoving on a temp measure was to send some supermarket plastic bags up the signal halyards. the flapping kept them off the spreaders.

zeehag 05-25-2013 12:02 PM

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osprey seem to not like i have some ...the seagulls that land on boat get killed and so do the cute lil skeeter eating sparrows/swallows wtf they are....bubba deaded 2 in 4 days..oops.....he cannot kill a booby-- they land on the pointiest end of sprit...they also attack my guests in cockpit of my boat--landing on shoulders and pecking at ears...surprising what those crazy boobies will do...and frigates seem to dislike tarps on boats--isnt a constant ground below--it flutters in well, as it flutters differently each flutter...
pelicans dont land on my boat--one tried, and both bubba and i shooed it away.
these mexipelicans seem to not mind folks-=-they will land on the boats of cruisers living on board and derelict alike....and pangas not used in one day have pelicans all over them---

dabnis 05-25-2013 12:15 PM

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Pellet gun. :D

Paul T

flyingwelshman 05-25-2013 12:18 PM

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Harborless 05-25-2013 01:12 PM

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rockDAWG 05-25-2013 01:30 PM

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Practical Sailors have a short article talks about this. IT consists of more than 20 different approaches. Check it out.

Allen-deckard 05-25-2013 02:30 PM

I was gonna respond with pellet gun but was beaten to it :-)

Hire a neighbor kid 2 bucks a bird will do it

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