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Old 03-18-2012, 11:18 AM   #1
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JKUR vs. Feathered, Winged, Bipedal, Endothermic, Egg-Laying Vertebrates

So, I've lived where I do for eight years now, and have never had this problem, but now I have robins and/or finches constantly poopinig all over my JK in my driveway. My wife is out shopping, and is going to try to get a fake owl to put nearby. But if that doesn't work, what else can I do? Legally is preferable, but I'm open to all ideas.

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a large rubber snake... on the roof of your house.

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a large rubber snake... on the roof of your house.
X2 (and the fake owl).
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I have a garage, but from what I've heard x3 on the owl
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throw cats at them...
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Okay, until wife hopefully comes back with an owl or two, I went with a rubber toy snake and a ferocious T-Rex. Hopefully, that will intimidate them:





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Hmm maybe an airsoft rifle to annoy them ......
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Hmm maybe an airsoft rifle to annoy them ......
But there's always the risk of hitting the Jeep.
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Okay, until wife hopefully comes back with an owl or two, I went with a rubber toy snake and a ferocious T-Rex. Hopefully, that will intimidate them:






dude, eff the owl, that dino looks so sweet. I'd use that year round just because it's badass.
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Ok how about a falcon?
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Okay, until wife hopefully comes back with an owl or two, I went with a rubber toy snake and a ferocious T-Rex. Hopefully, that will intimidate them:







When I lived in Austin, TX they had a problem with the grackles downtown and on the UT campus. They put fake owls and fake hawks on the ledges of some buildings to try to scare the grackles away. The grackles perched on em, and sometimes attacked em.

They tried a portable cannon...a groundskeeper would go from tree to tree blasting the thing, and the grackles would take flight, swirl around, and land on the next closest tree.

Personally, I think you're toast.
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Ok how about a falcon?
Allstate, huh?
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When I lived in Austin, TX they had a problem with the grackles downtown and on the UT campus.
lol, what year was this? I am on my last semester at UT and we don't have that issue anymore from what I'm aware of...more like a lot of begging squirrels now.
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lol, what year was this? I am on my last semester at UT and we don't have that issue anymore from what I'm aware of...more like a lot of begging squirrels now.
I was there in the mid-nineties. The squirrels were all over the place then, too. But it was pretty common to get nailed with grackle crap at least once during your time on campus.

The city had a bigger problem with it than UT...at twilight, when people would gather to watch the bats pour out from under the Congress Ave Bridge, the grackles would be in the trees, on power lines, the edges of buildings. There were some hotels (or maybe office building owners, I forget) who put out fake owls and hawks...IIRC, they worked for about a week, then the grackles attacked em.

Here's some stuff I just found by googling grackles and Austin, TX...seems like the city spends big $$ to chase the things away:

Effort to mitigate grackles takes wing

Pesky grackle proves too cunning to stop/`They're like fire ants with wings' 08/25/1985 | Archives | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

Living with Grackles - A Great Experience (Grackles at UT Austin)

Not sure what they do now. If anything. I moved away in '99, and usually only get back a couple times a year, for a few days at a time.
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When I lived in Austin, TX they had a problem with the grackles downtown and on the UT campus. They put fake owls and fake hawks on the ledges of some buildings to try to scare the grackles away. The grackles perched on em, and sometimes attacked em.

They tried a portable cannon...a groundskeeper would go from tree to tree blasting the thing, and the grackles would take flight, swirl around, and land on the next closest tree.

Personally, I think you're toast.

We had an owl that worked on our porch in Denver a while back. Different birds though. We just put the owl up on our trash cart near the vehicles. I'll let you know how it works. During the day today, the T-Rex and snake were working on the top, but the little finchy birds still were landing on the side rails (until my 8-yr-old would run screaming at them). Maybe they'll be afraid more broadly of a flying predator than a T-Rex. Or do they not even know that a T-Rex can't fly?
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We had an owl that worked on our porch in Denver a while back. Different birds though. We just put the owl up on our trash cart near the vehicles. I'll let you know how it works. During the day today, the T-Rex and snake were working on the top, but the little finchy birds still were landing on the side rails (until my 8-yr-old would run screaming at them). Maybe they'll be afraid more broadly of a flying predator than a T-Rex. Or do they not even know that a T-Rex can't fly?
The little birds fear nothing. Probably mocking T, calling him slowpoke and Mr. Plastic.

T would look great on your front bumper bar, IMO.
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They will be migrating soon. Problem solved.
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I was there in the mid-nineties. The squirrels were all over the place then, too. But it was pretty common to get nailed with grackle crap at least once during your time on campus.
that is so strange lol. thanks for the links, am currently reading. definitely don't have the same issues on campus now...not sure around congress bridge, I've only watch the bats fly from a bit of a distance once or twice.
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Update: Owl is working. It has a cool bobble-head that makes it look extra-menacing in the wind at times.

But I am thinkig of installing the T-Rex on the bumper bar.

I was even menacingly thinking of a mouse trap with bird food, but hopefully that is not necessary.
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Update: Owl is working. It has a cool bobble-head that makes it look extra-menacing in the wind at times.
Birds are all sleeping for the night, or spending a little Q time with the fam. Tomorrow they'll rip the bobble head off that owl and kick its plastic ass.
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Birds are all sleeping for the night, or spending a little Q time with the fam. Tomorrow they'll rip the bobble head off that owl and kick its plastic ass.
They've been pooping on it at night though. So far, so good. And they did stay away from the top and hood when the T-Rex appeared.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk KU!!!!

(A Jayhawk never would poop on my Jeep).
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Birds are all sleeping for the night, or spending a little Q time with the fam. Tomorrow they'll rip the bobble head off that owl and kick its plastic ass.
I've been too busy to update, but as usual, you were correct wolf. The owl did work a little, in that they would not land right in front of it, but it also did not keep them off other parts of the Jeep.

Mind you these things are really dumb. The offending one can see his reflection on my clear coat and on my window in just keep running/pecking at it over and over again--flinging itself against both our vehicles. Aside from the nasty poop, I noticed possible slight microscopic deformations in the paint from this. Last straw.

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Rat trap with bread wrapped around trigger sitting on my rock rail = 1. Finch = 0.

It appears that it was humane in instantaeous. If he has any friends who do the same, they will meet the same fate. Enough is enough.
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I've been too busy to update, but as usual, you were correct wolf. The owl did work a little, in that they would not land right in front of it, but it also did not keep them off other parts of the Jeep.

Mind you these things are really dumb. The offending one can see his reflection on my clear coat and on my window in just keep running/pecking at it over and over again--flinging itself against both our vehicles. Aside from the nasty poop, I noticed possible slight microscopic deformations in the paint from this. Last straw.

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Rat trap with bread wrapped around trigger sitting on my rock rail = 1. Finch = 0.

It appears that it was humane in instantaeous. If he has any friends who do the same, they will meet the same fate. Enough is enough.
Oh...jesus man...

Busting a gut here.

Okay. So...first blood. Good that it was drawn by you. Newsflash to all Finches who dare to cross the Maginot Line of MarineHawk's property to carpet bomb his Jeep.

Hahaha...can't get rid of the image of you and the Finches at war. Sorry. Good stuff.

Maybe leave the corpse out, as a warning? Or...

I am literally hunched over my keyboard, laughing.

Okay. Leave the corpse out, with an ace of spades on or near it? Good way to strike fear into the Finch army, make sure word gets out.

Son of a...Just sayin.
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Hahahaha...you could also scalp it.

Man, I am completely useless right now.

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