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Old 07-05-2016, 10:27   #16
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Re: Does my yacht look like a tree?

Birds like to perch in isolated secure high places, like mastheads. And birds are generally smarter than airline pilots, they jettison all excess weight before taking off, so, yes, they **** as they are departing your boat. Or if anything scares them while they are on your boat. Or if they're wolfing down a freshly caught fish, on their secure perch on your boat.


A twelve gauge is an expensive noisy waste of powder. A cheap .22 will work just as well, you only need some practice. Being mindful of laws and gun safety of course.


Most birds will avoid an area where they encounter dead birds, so leaving the dead bird on the masthead is actually a pretty effective way to repel others.


Except maybe crows and ravens, who apparently can recognize and remember faces, will keep grudges for a long time, and are quite happy to attack humans on their turf.
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Re: Does my yacht look like a tree?

(A couple of weeks ago, my cat caught and killed a small bird.
I hung it on the flag halyard and now, no bird will even get close to "the Boat of Death".
It remains to be seen how long this will last.)

Yeah, that's how they get vultures to move on. It's called hanging an effigy.
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Re: Does my yacht look like a tree?

When I had woodpeckers attacking parts of my home, I strung a few ping pong balls 12" apart on fishing string, used sharpie to look like an eye (think CBS logo eye). Hoisted the ping pong ball stringer near the affected area. Never had visit from woodpeckers again.


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Re: Does my yacht look like a tree?

In a previous bird thread, Rustic Charm described using the "dead bird" method also mentioned by senormechanico, which is apparently very effective, when/if you can find the dead bird to use.

A woman friend of ours hoists plain feather dusters (not the pink ones, but feather colored) to their lower spreaders and claims that it keeps all birds away. I don't know if it's true.

Plastic owls do not work.

Saw an albatross mobile, set to "fly" just aft of the pushpit on one boat. Don't know whether the intent was amusement or bird deflection.

To the OP:
If you're caretaking the vessel, why not just put up the sails when the owner's coming?
You'll be hosing the boat down at that time, anyhow? Otherwise, try the dead bird method, it may keep them off the boat quite a long time. It may gross out the owner. The different species of birds react differently, some are more effected by it than others, i.e., stay away longer.

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When I had woodpeckers attacking parts of my home, I strung a few ping pong balls 12" apart on fishing string, used sharpie to look like an eye (think CBS logo eye). Hoisted the ping pong ball stringer near the affected area. Never had visit from woodpeckers again.


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But now you probably have your house infested with powderpost beetles and ants that just love to munch a house into dust. We welcome woodpeckers at our home in Maine. They clean out those bugs quickly.
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Re: Does my yacht look like a tree?

only had that problem at marinas. it appeared that all the boats in the marina had it. On the hook? had an osprey, maybe once a year? altho the boats near by, with no one living aboard....were covered. hmmmm I guess thats the cost of living with one foot on land and the other on the sea. Not that living that way is a bad thing, what ever suits ya. But all choices cost. I've never seen or heard of anything that has worked to control nature.
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Re: Does my yacht look like a tree?

If I saw that in my neighourhood I would chop it down, saw it up, and stack it.

I think plastic owls might work for the dumber geese at best. The dead bird thing might keep away some birds and the owners too. Which might be a good thing??
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Nah, beige? Sea birds just don't like non conformists, why did not you use blue, green or burgundy like the rest of us?
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I think most of us here would poop on your sail covers. Right? Anyone? Just me then. O.K.

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A couple of weeks ago, my cat caught and killed a small bird.
I hung it on the flag halyard and now, no bird will even get close to "the Boat of Death".
It remains to be seen how long this will last.
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Re: Does my yacht look like a tree?

Today, I found a couple of bird poops, probably a Starling.
Those guys are pooping MACHINES although I still haven't seen a single bird land on my boat since putting up the dead bird.
It might have been a fly by bombing.
I never worried about Kingfishers, they landed on my spreaders dozens of times a day and fished from their perch, but amost never pooped on the boat.
Crows loved my boom and sail cover. YUK !

The dark blob in the photo is the "effigy" and it has (imho) at least a 90% efficiency after more than two weeks.
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I know that sounds like a silly question, but, imagine for a second you are a bird, does my yacht look like a tree?

Ever since I put my headsail covers on, the boat has been a target for relentless attacks from our feathered friends who have mistaken it for a toilet. The headsail covers are beige so maybe to a bird they kind of look like trees?

Last year the same thing happened and when i took the genoa cover off there was a birds nest in the top….

Has this happened to anyone else? does anyone have any ideas? a shotgun would help but probably damage the sails thus defeating the purpose of the sail covers…..

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