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|07-10-2009 02:28 PM|
|rayncyn51||The shopping bags have nothing to do with birds. That's a Redneck spinnaker.|
|07-10-2009 02:22 PM|
Originally Posted by eolon View Post
Those purple berry sploshes; Won't those be the low cost Rorschach tests that your Psychiatrist wants to give you?
|07-10-2009 10:20 AM|
I have seen the hanging CDs idea, also some people tie plastic shopping bags to the lifeline for the same reason. THat one is REALLY tacky.
I had a guy tell me once that birds don't like the smell of peppermint, and you should just scatter a bunch of peppermints around your decks to keep birds off.
|07-10-2009 09:23 AM|
|JungleJim||On the Chesapeake, we'd get a line up of birds on the spreaders and lines. The problem is they eat these purple berries and you get a deck covered in purple poop and seeds. If you squint your eyes it makes for interesting patterns on the deck. Or at least I tell myself that as I scrub down the deck. I see some owls hanging, but they appeared covered in purple poop.|
|07-10-2009 09:08 AM|
Originally Posted by rayncyn51 View Post
|07-10-2009 08:59 AM|
There was a similar situation at our marina last weekend invoving several ducklings, mama duck, and an older couple trying to board their boat. Fortunately, the fracas broke out before they left the slip.
Then there's this other sailboat across the way which has several CDs hanging from the rigging... I'm assuming (hoping?) this is a bird deterrent.
|07-10-2009 08:56 AM|
My daughters adventure up the mast was due to a largish bird landing on my wind indicator and bending it 90º (not much use if its pointing down ) Interestingly every sail boat in the river had the same issue....
Before this just after I bought this boat I had 3 micro bats that loved to sleep in that mainsail under the covers. I tied a small line around the end to prevent that, but have since moved the boat to a new mooring.
Every area has it's own unique wildlife issues, best advice i can give is look around at the other boats in your area and see what others are doing, and look to see who has the cleanest decks.
I didn't mind the bats, but didn't like the bat poo on my sail.
|07-10-2009 08:25 AM|
|patrickrea||The swallows LOVE just hanging out on my lifelines when I am dockside particularily just aft of the pulpit. I end up having to scrub the decks everyday. Nothing has worked yet for getting rid of them.|
|07-07-2009 08:35 AM|
|sailingdog||LOL... be very careful...swallows have long memories.....|
|07-06-2009 08:04 PM|
These swallows infest the undersides of the floating docks, which is why we have a large population of big Lake Erie water snakes - the eggs and babies are within easy reach of the snakes while the snakes are in the water.
It is fun to watch the swallows dive-bomb a 4-foot snake, who is swimming in high gear for all he's worth!
The swallows and white air rats figured out the old inflatable owl trick a long time ago. They still seem afraid of tin pie plates, though - plus the pie plates give your slip that nice, homey, trailer-trash ambience.
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