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S/V Laura Ellen
06-20-2007, 05:51 PM
A friend of mine is having problems with a very territorial red winged blackbird. It is diving at her every time she goes outside. Other than shooting the bird (or harming it in any other way, I'm not asking for people to get creative on ways to kill a blackbird), how do you discourage the bird from driving people off?

06-20-2007, 06:01 PM
This behavior is usually because there's a fledgling out of the nest. About the only thing to do is walk around, if possible, for a few days until nature takes its course.

06-20-2007, 06:01 PM
I wuz gonna profer a recipe for Thai noodles with stuffed blackbird...but I shall refrain. How's the peg leg?;)

06-20-2007, 06:15 PM
try what we do with magpies, a cap with eyes painted on the back. A tourist lost an eye to a maggie last year.

Living safely with it
Use the following techniques to avoid or reduce the impact of a magpie attack.

* Never deliberately provoke or harass a magpie. Throwing sticks or stones at magpies usually makes a magpie more defensive.
* Avoid areas where magpies are known to swoop. (Remember, magpie aggression lasts only a few weeks and magpies usually only defend a small area of about 100m in radius around their nest.)
* Find the bird and keep watching it when entering a magpie territory. If swooped on, donít crouch in fear or stop. Move on quickly but donít run.
* Bike riders ó dismount and walk through nesting magpie territory, wear a helmet, and fit an orange traffic flag.
* Wear a hat or carry an umbrella to protect yourself. A magpie will attack initially from behind. When a magpie is tricked into believing the target is alert, an attack is stopped or not even started.
* Learning to live with magpies can be rewarding. You can observe local magpies, study their behaviour, and listen to their songs. We share the same living space. Learning to live together is an important step towards building a better living environment.

Hints here may help.

S/V Laura Ellen
06-20-2007, 06:17 PM
I wuz gonna profer a recipe for Thai noodles with stuffed blackbird...but I shall refrain. How's the peg leg?;)

Did you recognize yourself in the qualifications in my request.

The peg leg? Slow, very f'n slow to heal. I can start putting weight on it next week (if I can stand the pain). I still don't have all the feeling back in my toes, I guess that will come with time.

06-20-2007, 06:52 PM
Around here we don't have the kind of water to waste on such things. Water is very hard out of a nozzle like that and undoubtedly hurts anything it hits.

Sweeping is best done by brooms. Water is a very wasteful way to achieve the same result, and a blower is even more wasteful.

Todd Bradshaw
06-20-2007, 07:16 PM

...from the transom of our old Farrier trimaran. Don't be messin' wif da bird.

06-20-2007, 07:26 PM
I agree (to a point) with Ish. There's a nest nearby. Jays are notorious for this behaviour and put my Grandfather in the hospital after an attack. My Grandfather, usually a reserved man, refused to give over his yard to a bunch of effing birds and on the way home from the hospital, stopped in at the local sports shop and bought his very first BB gun at the age of 90. He just loved to sit on the back porch an watch over his yard with his pipe in his mouth and his gun in his lap. All of a sudden he sit up straight and say "Is that bird blue?" Every time we say "Yeah, it's blue alright." He'd take careful aim and "squeeze off a round". "Got him didn't I?" "Yeah, Grampa, you nailed him" "Just like I told you. You have to squeeeeze the trigger. If you pull it you'll miss every time." He never hit a damn thing other than the back neighbor's house and nobody liked them anyway. They did complain to the police at one point so after that when he'd send us into the house to load his gun we'd just grab a beer and come back a few minutes later and tell him he was good to go for another hundred shots. Eventually the jays left and Grampa swore he'd "killed every one of those sons a bitches".


Dan McCosh
06-20-2007, 07:30 PM
Buggers take after anyone using the club facilities. Saw too many Hitchcock movies, i guess.

Ron Williamson
06-20-2007, 08:47 PM
I like them.
I was watching the sunrise from the back door of the shop a few years ago when I noticed a fox crossing the log deck,head down, sniffing the groundhogs underneath.
A redwing jumped him from 6 o'clock high and he went straight up about two feet.When he came down facing the other direction,a second one got him again.
Tell your friend to get some safety glasses and a hardhat.

06-20-2007, 10:15 PM
Just some thoughts on birds.

I've let much of my space here grow from clipped lawn to field. A part is that I'm too lazy to mow the damn thing, but a part is that I know the birds like the field. It's rich with bugs and seeds in a way a primped lawn isn't.

My catbirds are back. They've, or their progeny, have been coming to my little thicket for the last four years. Busy building or repairing nests, and now feeding the little ones. I see them, often, slate gray with a rusty rump and a long tail that's constantly dipping. I hear them all the time. They do sound a bit like a cat.

Many of our songbirds are in decline. No one knows exactly why, but I think development of the thicket, and probably pesticides is playing a role.

It's good rationalization to not get too crazy with the mower anyway. LOL.

06-21-2007, 07:41 AM
a couple of rather huge noisy squawking ravens have nested atop a spruce tree by my neighbour

and they have my poor cat terrorized , they see him as a threat , even tho there is no way the cat is climbing 30 odd feet up a black spiney spruce tree with old mans beard to get to the nest

most days he comes indoors to get me for an escort out to the yard, especially if he has to make it across open ground , then he gets himself under some branches to crouch and cower , i go back to the deck and watch the standoff , with a beer

06-21-2007, 08:52 AM
A recurring fantasy is to raid a raven nest about this time of year and bring home a fledgling to raise as a pet. Their nests are rather haphazard affairs, a few sticks, sometimes spun on ledge as well as in trees. Better have my helmet and goggles sorted for that mission!

I would never do that, but if I ever found a fledgling on the ground I'd be sore tempted. The king of the corvidae, and they make interesting mates from what I've read, if raised from young by humans.

06-21-2007, 09:21 AM