Posted 19 August 2012 - 07:47 AM
My thought was to spread moth balls on each ledge. I also had some luck in Texas with spraying Raid to get rid of a barn swallow that kept nesting on my porch. Any and all suggestions are welcome at this point! Thanks.
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:10 AM
Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:32 AM
They were also taking to territorializing sp?? as in when I come out in the morning they'd start screaming at me to get out of their space.
So we got some fine gill netting and tried first tying that overhead. Didn't work. Then AJ had the idea to cut strips to just fit the top of the pool where they were landing. We cut it, laid it along the perimeter and held it down with pieces of tile. The grackles wouldn't land on the edge after that. We think because they feared getting their claws caught in it.
Something to think about. Our netting was bird netting actually brought down from the states. Brown so visible. But AJ thinks any fine gill netting would probably work unless pigeons are a lot stupider than grackle/blackbirds. Always a possibility. Having had two pidgen sh*t on my head during my lifetime, I'm not a fan.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 03:57 PM
As for the pool, we had the same problem at the shallow ends of our pool at Las Ventanas. Our pool is shallow with steps at the two ends and deeper in the center. The only thing that has worked are "noodles" -- the foam pool thingies. Stainless screw eyes were installed in the pool and several noodles were tied together to fill the width of the pool. The whole mess is tied to the screws so it stays in place. The tying is not super tight so that the noodles can spin and bounce when waves hit or weight is put on them. When the birds step on this, they don't have sure footing so they no longer bathe there. However, when the water level gets too high -- say after heavy rains -- the birds are able to stand on the pool deck and drink from the deeper part the pool. They don't seem interested in bathing in deep water, which is good!
Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:49 PM
Do you have any old CD's...that seemed to be one solution to hang from the balcony.
You might want to consider getting one of those high powered squirt guns.
Of course, if you over shoot the bird, and nail your neighbors not sure how they would feel being collateral damage.
Or, you could get a coyote.
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 06:18 PM
Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:12 PM
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 11:00 AM
Posted 20 August 2012 - 11:21 AM
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 11:55 PM
I'd had a koi pond back in the states and lost a lot of fish to predators until I got a pond "scarecrow" with an electric beam. Anytime something crosses that beam the scarecrow squirts water, fast and hard. Took care of the problem. Might be something that someone can bring down for you since I doubt (but don't know for sure) if that could be found down here............good luck
What type of birds did you have? I have a feeling the grackle/black birds we're dealing with may be way smarter than some I've seen. Not sure if that would fool them.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 04:38 AM
Posted 21 August 2012 - 06:52 AM
p.s. they have a variety of ideas on that page to help deter.......some for ponds, some for the unwanted that can be used in your circumstance
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