- Hawks At feeder
- Hawks at Feeder – What Steps Can I Take?
- Discourage Predators
- Protecting Birds from Hawks
- Protecting Chickens from Hawks
- Using Hawk Deterrents
- In Photos: Birds of Prey
- Northern Hawk Owl
- Ferruginous Hawk
- Sharp-Shinned Hawk
- Red-tailed Hawk
- Bald Eagle
- American Kestrel
- Turkey Vultures
- Prairie Falcon
Hawks At feeder
Hawks at feeders is something you’re bound to run into if you feed birds long enough. Generally, they stalk bird feeders out from a perching site or hovering high overhead.
You may or may not even be aware of its presence, but the lack of birds at your feeder could be a good indication there is a predator nearby.
Sometimes it throws you for a loop. You look outside at your feeders and you see no birds.
For several days or even weeks, you’ve been watching all the different species of birds visiting your feeders, then, it seems all the birds stop visiting. You begin to wonder, “where have all my birds gone”.
Well, you may want to stop looking at your bird feeders and start looking at the sky and tops of trees. You may have a hawk in the area. What can you do?
Hawks at Feeder – What Steps Can I Take?
If you’re not already aware, there are strict laws when it comes to these birds. Killing these birds brings pretty harsh penalties.
Take down your feeders for a few days. The hawks will look elsewhere for food. Your feeder birds will leave to find food, but they’ll soon return once you begin filling your feeders again.
By the time you begin feeding again hopefully the hawk will have located another hunting territory.
Placing feeders to protect your songbirds is important. Brushy areas with tall or low to the ground bushes can give birds a place to hide until danger passes.
If yours is a case where there isn’t any natural cover, you can build a brush pile of trimmings from other plants.
Pick up discarded Christmas trees and place them around your feeders. They will last all winter long and you can throw them out in spring.
Cooper’s Hawk On Bird Feeder Pole
Consider purchasing bird feeders with wire cages that allow songbirds in but keep the hawks out. See Bird Feeder Below
These types of feeders will keep the birds from being picked off without warning. There are many different types available and at reasonable cost.
Try to purchase the one that has the largest circumference, I’ve found the smaller ones are visited less and in Spring, Large birds can reach in and eat a lot of your seed in a short amount of time.
Lastly, Accept that some of your feeder birds are going to get caught, that’s just the way it is. Hawks at feeders don’t have to ruin your enjoyment of watching and feeding birds.
Hawks and Owls are very useful in keeping populations of rodents down and this is a good thing.
None of us wants to see our little birds captured and taken away by Hawks but the Raptors have to eat also.
And if it helps, keep in mind that it is most often the weak and sick birds that get caughy by hawks.
This is also helpful to the rest of the bird population reducing the risk of diseases from spreading from bird to bird..
Don’t stop feeding the birds just because you have Hawks at your feeders. More birds will survive because of you feeding the birds than will be caught by a hawk.
Let me just thank you for caring enough about our birds to even search this topic. I hope this helps and Happy Birding!
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Wild birds, especially those at our feeders, are subject to many types of predators. Read the following tips and learn how to protect your wild birds against predators, including cats, hawks, raccoons, snakes and squirrels. Perhaps one of the biggest threats to birds, feral and pet cats kill millions of birds each year. And de-clawing cats or putting bells on them doesn’t work. You may not be able to stop cats from coming into your yard, but there are several things you can do to help stop them from preying on your birds.
Here’s what you can do. Try using chicken wire or rabbit fencing to encircle your bird feeders and birdbaths. Get it at least 4-6 feet high to prevent cats from jumping over it. Scare devices also work, such as ultrasonic cat repellents or devices that spray water when motion is detected. Animal repellent granules work to an extent, but are best used in conjunction with another, stronger method. Animal repellent tablets are a safe and effective option, using hot pepper to deter animals from visiting your yard, including deer and squirrels–and they work well.
Hanging bird feeders high inside a tall bush such as a lilac will keep cats from ambushing feeding birds—they can’t jump up through all the small branches. You can also pole mount a feeder inside a dense shrub. Or hang bird feeders on a wire strung between two trees—high enough that cats won’t be able to jump up to them. Put birdbaths near a tree rather than dense bushes that can hide a waiting cat. Birds will be able to bathe and drink and then quickly fly to a high branch. Don’t use a ground bath unless you can encircle it with cat-proof fencing.
Snakes are predators, too. Snakes often attack bird houses, taking the eggs or eating nestlings. To keep them out of birdhouses, put your birdhouse up on a pole, out in the open and away from trees that snakes can drop from. Then use a canister-type baffle on the pole—make sure there is no space between the pole and where it goes through the top of the baffle.
Seal the area with duct tape if there’s a space there where snakes could wriggle through. Never put birdhouses on fences, trees or the sides of buildings if snakes are a problem in your area.
Squirrels, raccoons and bigger birds–oh my! Squirrels and raccoons are notorious for attacking bird houses, eating the eggs and nestlings—as are some birds. The easiest way to deter these predators is to put an extension on the entry hole of the birdhouse—also called a bird guardian. Paws and bigger birds cannot maneuver through the extension and reach down to the nest inside. Curious paws and beaks can only reach so far, which is why the extension works so well. Protect all of your beautiful bluebirds with this pole-mounted, snake-proof birdhouse. Make sure the birdhouse is on a sturdy pole, sunk well into the ground. A squirrel or raccoon’s weight on top of the nest box is enough to tip it or even bend it to the ground.
Hawks, particularly Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks, are also known for hanging around bird feeders, picking off an occasional meal. These birds of prey are adept at catching songbirds in mid-air as they come and go from bird feeders. If you have a hawk taking birds at your feeder, the best thing to do is to take the bird feeder down for a while until the hawk leaves. Your birds will be fine finding food in summer. However, if it’s winter and you still want to feed the birds, don’t do it at the bird feeder while the hawk is around. Instead, sprinkle seed under your evergreens or dense, brushy shrubs where birds can eat under cover.
If your land is bordered by woods, you can sprinkle seed along the edge for birds to find or put a seed block there among the brush. Providing birds with their necessities in areas where they don’t have to come out in the open is the best way to handle a hawk problem.
Here’s a quick summary:
- If you have cats, place fencing 4-6 feet high around your bird feeder
- If you have hawks, scatter bird seed under bushes and shrubs, where birds enjoy extra protection
- If you have raccoons, use a strong pole when pole mounting your bird feeder, so raccoons can’t easily tip the whole thing over
- If you have snakes or raccoons, add a predator guard extension or bird guardian around the birdhouse entry hole to protect any nestlings
- If you have squirrels, place bird feeders 10-12 feet away from trees, buildings or anything squirrels can jump from
With these tips, you’ll be able to take care of the birds in your backyard, no problem…Happy Birding!
Hawks are majestic creatures and are known as vicious aviary predators. Their steely eyes dart around in search of prey which includes smaller animals like chickens, rabbits, and sometimes even small dogs. Hawks are equipped with sharp talons that make it easier for them to snatch prey out of the blue.
They are fast and skillful raptors, and can also prove to be a menace for many farm owners. Once they set their eyes on a particular land full of prey, it’s pretty hard to get rid of them. Their skillful maneuverability in the air and the sheer agility of snatching prey can make it impossible to shoot them down (considering that’s an option).
Fortunately, there are certain methods to scare them away and make your property unfit for their hunting habits.
Protecting Birds from Hawks
Setting up a Natural Cover
A lot of people like to feed small exotic birds in their yard, such as doves, songbirds, etc. Hawks can often be a threat to such birds when they are feeding or nesting in your yard. You might not always be around to protect the birds yourself. Therefore, it’s recommended to provide your pet birds with emergency hiding spots.
In that sense, place the bird feeders next to dense shrubbery or bushes to enable them to flee, and take cover when necessary. The feeders shouldn’t be more than ten feet away from the bushes, so the birds can escape instantly when they spot a hawk.
Another neat trick is to provide them with bushes that consist of edible fruits and seeds. That way, the frightened birds won’t have to wait for the raptor to go away to feed again. They can easily rest and feed in the bushes.
Using Caged Feeders
As an alternative, you can buy a feeder specialized only for the smaller birds. These feeders are surrounded by a cage of steel with a small entry. This will enable the birds to feed without fear of being grabbed and hoisted in the air all of a sudden.
Avoid Ground Feeding
Also, avoid feeding birds like quails and doves on the ground. It makes it easier for the raptors to snatch their vulnerable prey when emergency covers are scarce. The birds are usually stunned in these situations and can escape their predator’s sight fast enough.
It is also unsafe to place bird feeders next to any windows as the scared birds might bump into the window while trying to escape. This will disorient them, and make it easier for the hawks than it already was.
Protecting Chickens from Hawks
People who own poultry farms may also be prone to the agile hunter’s menace. Hawks have been known to snatch chickens from farms when their common food source is depleting. Thankfully, there are several safety measures to prevent that from happening.
Chickens roaming around in the open field are an easy pick for the sharped eyed raptor. Hence, you should build a fortified shelter for your chickens engulfed with dense shrubs around its perimeter. This will enable the fowls to feed and roam around without being threatened by hawks.
Appoint Guard Dogs
Chickens are timid, vulnerable creatures and easy prey for the aviary hunter. To make sure they are protected even in your absence, appoint a couple of stout and sharp guard dogs. Larger dogs like German shepherds and hounds are masculine enough to intimidate the hawks.
However, make sure you trained the dogs so that they don’t eat the chickens, and also keeping them order. This will act as safeguard around your yard and keep the predator away.
Rooster can be a dominant fowl and often shows protective traits. Their protective mentality and defensive behavior usually make them a threat to hawks. Many roosters have a bizarre natural characteristic. They can sense nearby threats and try to keep chickens safe from bigger birds.
They will keep your fowls under constant supervision, and fend off those flying predators. But be sensible when picking the rooster because not all of them the protective trait.
Using Hawk Deterrents
If you’re looking for an efficient way to discourage hawks from raiding your backyard, there a few deterrents that can help. These will make your property look unsafe and unappealing to raptors.
Hawks are fast and are dangerous with their sharp talons, but just like any animal in the ecosystem, they also have predators. There are bigger birds like owls that the hawks consider a threat. You can buy owl statues and place them strategically in your yard.
You can even set up scarecrows, in the same manner, to act as a physical deterrent. Keep in mind to sporadically change the scarecrow’s position every day. After a few days, the hawks will be convinced of the existence of a predator. It will eventually stop frequenting your yard.
Visual and Audio Deterrents
There are various electronic devices out there which can mimic danger signs for the hawks. Auditory methods give off sounds which act as distress signals to fend off predator birds. The electronic mesh is also available in the market; you can place as a boundary for your chickens and birds.
This takes advantage of the hawk’s powerful sight, which makes it look impenetrable to them. Both of these deterrents can work together to prevent predator habitation from your property.
Hawks are very methodical when hunting. Before the raptors chose their prey, they perch on tree branches to scan the entire area. Their distinctive sight enables them to track prey skillfully. Depriving them of such vantage points can remove hawks from your land. If they can’t track prey, they can’t harm your pets.
Using the techniques mentioned above should surely keep your yard raptor-free. Hawks are intricate and stubborn hunters, so getting rid of them might not be an easy task. But using these tricks sensibly will help you outsmart such predators.
If you have tried all the methods, and the hawks are still pestering your animals, remove all bird feeders. Exterminate all rodents and reptiles in your yard, anything that the birds can feed on. The hawks will lose interest if you deprive them of their food source.
Once they give up on your area, you can set up the bird feeders again. The small birds will quickly flock back to your yard and feed without interruption.
Beware not to shoot or attempt to kill hawks. There are federal laws that prohibit the killing of such birds, and breaking the law might leave you with a fine. Try to utilize safet
In Photos: Birds of Prey
(Image credit: George Gentry | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Birds of prey, including hawks, falcons, owls and eagles, such as the bald eagle above, are also known as raptors because they use their claws instead of their beaks to capture prey. They are meat-eaters with keen eyesight, easily able to spot small prey as they soar through the sky.
Northern Hawk Owl
(Image credit: Ronald Laubenstein | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service )
Although owls are known for being nocturnal, the above Northern hawk owl (Surnia ulula) mainly hunts during the day. The owl gets its name from its relatively flat head, long tail and hawk-like flight pattern, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
(Image credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service )
Ferruginous hawks (Buteo regalis) can be found in southwestern Canada, the western United States, and northern Mexico. Like most birds of prey, it mostly hunts small mammals, including rabbits, prairie dogs, gophers, mice and ground squirrels, but it can also eat smaller birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and insects.
(Image credit: Mike Morel | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service )
The Puerto Rican sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus venator) is a small forest hawk that grows to approximately 11 to 13 inches (28 to 33 centimeters) in length. It mostly feeds on even smaller birds, including quail, multi-colored tanagers and hummingbirds.
(Image credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service )
The red-tailed hawk, known as Buteo jamaicensis due to the original sighting of the bird in Jamaica, is the most common hawk in the United States. These hawks are monogamous and can mate for life, usually staying with their partner until one of them dies.
(Image credit: Steve Hillebrand | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Bald eagles soar at an altitude of 10,000 feet (3,048 meters), reaching speeds of about 30 to 35 miles per hour. They are also very good swimmers, which comes in handy when they are hunting for fish. Keeping with its status as the U.S. national emblem, the bald eagle can be found in every state except Hawaii.
(Image credit: W.M. Smith | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service )
The goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) typically lives in heavily wooded forests throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Like the Puerto Rican sharp-shinned hawk, the goshawk mainly hunts other birds. It also eats woodland mammals, and can hunt prey as large as hares and foxes.
(Image credit: Dave Menke | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service )
The American kestrel (Falco sparverius) is a small falcon and has dark marks framing its eyes, which are characteristic of falcons. It prefers to dwell near open fields, where it can perch tall trees and watch for prey such as insects and reptiles in the grass below.
(Image credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service )
Also known as turkey buzzards, turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) are the only birds of prey that mainly feed on carcasses and carrion, which are the meaty remains leftover by other animals. They possess a keen sense of smell, and like many other vultures, the turkey vulture has a bald head. Theturkey vulture’s name comes from its red, featherless head, which resembled that of a turkey.
(Image credit: George Gentry | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service )
Like other birds of prey, the osprey (Pandion haliaetus) has sharp, rounded talons for grasping its prey. What makes it unique is that the osprey is the only raptor with a reversible outer toe, which allows it to grab prey with two front talons as well as its two back toes. Also known as sea hawks, ospreys can be found on all continents except Antarctica. The above Osprey is diving close to the ground in pursuit of its prey.
(Image credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service )
The prairie falcon (Falco mexicanus) can be found in western North America as well as southwestern Canada. This falcon searches for prey, which includes ground squirrels, small birds, reptiles and insects, during the daytime.
Raptors are well known as the lords of the skies and are dramatic hunters. Their name is derived from the Latin word raptare, which means to seize. Eeagles, hawks, buzzards, harriers, kites, falcons, vultures and the Secretarybird are found in this group. The Strigiformes – the night hunters, which includes some owls – are also classified as raptors.
We admire birds for their beauty and their ability to fly. Most importantly birds are admired for the role they play in the ecosystem. Raptors are as important as any other bird group in the wild. These bird serve as barometers of ecological health. Birds of prey are predators at the top of the food chain, because threats like pesticides, habitat loss, and climate change have a dramatic impact on top predators, these are referred to as indicator species.
Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #Raptors. These pictures create awareness about the variety and beauty of birds in our environment. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of birds of the week.
The Bald Eagle is a bird of prey found in North America. It is an opportunist feeder with fish constituting most of its diet. Photo taken in Alaska, USA (Rhonda Lane)
Another name for the Barking Owl is Winking Owl. It is a nocturnal bird species found in the mainland of Australia and parts of Papua New Guinea and the Moluccas. Photographed in Darwin (Northern Territory), Australia (Harn Sheng Khor)
The Barn Owl. This is the most widely distributed owl species and one of the most widespread of all birds. The Barn Owl is found everywhere in the world except polar and desert regions. Photo taken in Howrah, India (Subham Chowdhury)
Black Kites can be distinguished from Red Kites by the slightly smaller size, less forked tail and generally dark plumage without the rufous colour. Photographed at Ahmedabad Outskirt, Gujarat, India (Jay Patel)
Blyth’s Hawk-eagle photographed in Pahang, Malaysia Julian (Chong Zhui Heng)
The Bonelli’s Eagle is a large bird of prey. This bird has spotty and sparse worldwide distribution. Like most raptorial birds, Bonneli’s Eagles live mainly in solitary or in breeding pairs. Photo taken in Pune (Tejashri Raghunath)
The Brahminy Kite is found in the Indian Subcontinent, northeast Asia, and Australia. It was formerly known as the Red-baked Sea-eagle in Australia. An easy place to see them would be mainly on the coast and in inland wetlands where they feed on dead fish and other prey. Photo taken in Odisha, India (Aparna Mondal)
Common Kestrel, also known as the Eurasian Kestrel, European Kestrel or Old World Kestrel, is known to be sedentary but in the cool-temperate parts of its range, the Common Kestrel migrates south in winter. Photo taken at Dhanauri Wetland, Greater Noida, India (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)The Northern Crested Caracara is also known as the Northern Caracara or Crested Caracara. It is a resident bird in Cuba, northern South America and most of central America and Mexico. This species inhabits different types of open and semi-open country. They live in lowlands it can live to mid-elevation in the northern Andes. Photo taken in New Jersey, USA (Anne Harlan)the Crested Hawk Eagle or Changeable Hawk-eagle photographed in Ramnagar, Uttarakhand (Kumar Kumud Gangesh)The Crested Serpent Eagle, as its English name suggests, is a reptile eater which hunts over forests, often close to wet grassland, for snakes and lizards. This photograph was taken at the Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra (Raghuvamsh Chavali)The Egyptian Vulture, sometimes called the White Scavenger Vulture or Pharoah’s Chicken, is a small Old World vulture and the only member of the genus Neophron. The use of tools is rare in birds and Egyptian Vultures make use of twigs to roll up wool for use in their nest. Photo taken at the National Chambal Sanctuary, India (Gargi Biswas)Indian Vulture Photographed at Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India (Alok Katkar)The Long-legged Buzzard is similar in appearance to the Rough-legged Buzzard but it is larger and more robust. The Long-legged Buzzard is found in dry pen plains of northern Africa, southeastern Europe, west and central Asia east to China, and across central India. Photographed in New Delhi, India (Nishant Rana)Female Oriental Honey Buzzard, also known as the Crested Honey Buzzard. Photo in Nagpur outskirts, India (Prasad V Pendharkar)The Western Osprey, is sometimes called the Sea Hawk, River Hawk or Fish Hawk, is a fish-eating bird of prey with a cosmopolitan range. This bird tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any place located close to a water body which provides adequate food supply. Here, the bird is seen with a tilapia at the Bubali Bird Sanctuary, Aruba (Michiel Oversteegen)The Peregrine Falcon is known for its speed, reaching over 320 km/h (200 mph) during its characteristic hunting stoop, making it the fastest bird in the world and the fastest member of the animal kingdom. Photographed at Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India (Dr.Divya Srivastava)The Red-tailed Hawk is one of the widely distributed of all raptors in Americas, occupying the largest breeding range of any diurnal raptor north of the Mexico border. Red-tailed Hawks have shown the ability to become habituated to almost any habitat present in North and central America (Henser Villela)The Shikra is found in a range of habitats including farmlands, forests and urban areas. The Shikra was considered to be the favourite among falconers in India and Pakistan due to the ease with it could be trained and was frequently used to procure food for the more prised falcons. Photographed in Haryana, India (Subhamoy Das)The Short-eared Owl is found to occur in all continents except Antarctica and Australia. This makes it one of the most widely distributed bird species. Owl typically hunt at night, but this owl is known to be diurnal and crepuscular as well. Photographed at th Dhanauri Wetland, Greater Noida, India (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)The Short-toed Snake Eagle can also be called the Short-toed Eagle. It is an Old World species found throughout the Mediterranean basin, into Russia and the Middle East, and parts of Asia. This species mostly prey on reptiles, mainly snakes, but it can also be seen taking lizards. Photo taken in Gajoldoba, West Bengal (Pritam Kumar Ghosh)The Snowy Owl is a large, white owl of the true owl family. Snowy Owls are found in the Arctic regions in North America and Eurasia. Males of this species are almost all white, while females have more flecks of black plumage. Photo taken in New York, USA (Jack Catalina)Tawny Eagles breed in most parts of Africa, both north and south of the Sahara Desert, and across tropical southwestern Asia to India. This species is a resident breeder which lays one to three eggs in a stick nest in a tree, crag or on the ground. Photographed in Kota, India (Asha Sharma)White-eyed Buzzard seen at Pench Tiger Reserve, India (Dr. Sanjay Solanki)White-tailed Eagle: this eagle breeds in northern Europe and northern Asia. Their European range extends to as far as southeastern Greenland, northern and eastern Iceland and reintroduced populations are found in some areas of Ireland and Scotland. Photo taken in Isle of Mull, Scotland (Julia Browne)
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Using bird scarers is a known means of repelling feral fowls. It’s a safe choice especially for species protected by the federal law that killing or harming them could result in hefty fines and jail time. Also, these non-violent products save you from the mess of cleaning dead bodies or having to deal with manually driving the birds away. Just install it on your property, let it be, and observe fewer fowls perching, landing, roosting, or nesting on your private space.
But like any other products for bird proofing, bird scares have its own limits. It may not work all the time for all bird species. Like my favorite maxim says, “different strokes for different folks.” Remember that some birds are smart enough to detect a certain bird scare tactic while others are easy to frighten. Crows, for one, are clever and would discern a real predator or a decoy if you fail to move it regularly. But if you’re consistent with your strategy, they will believe you, and pass the warning onto their offspring.
So if you’re looking for the best bird scare products to stop the invasion on your property here are some guaranteed options I have for you.
1. Shiny rods and discs
Birds get disoriented with bright lights and reflections. So if your property is suffering from an infestation, hang some shimmering metal rods and discs. Once sunlight strikes it, the light will be reflected, thus scaring the birds due to the unusual vision. Also, their eyes are quite sensitive and can’t stand such strong sight if you’re using bird scarers.
One of the best rods out there is the HOMESCAPE CREATIONS set of spiral rods. It’s glimmering and moves when hung loosely on the other end. Also, it doesn’t look like a bird scare strategy as it provides a decorative element on the property or even vehicles where it’s used. A set of these rods have six spirals and accompanying hooks so you can use it right away. Each of the spirals is 15-inch long and any bird would surely see this in flight.
In case you can’t use dangling spirals, make use of the Vivorr repellent discs. Each set has eight rotational discs that can be used on tree branches, porch, windows, doors, and almost anywhere. It’s shorter than the HOMESCAPE spirals but still very effective. The Vivorr set comes with hooks that you should assemble upon purchase.
2. Decoy predators
The ever-classic scare decoys! If your garden is plagued with pesky crows and pigeons, you can make use of decoy scares as a non-violent form of driving birds away. Using bird scarers like this mimics the look of an actual predator which, in turn, will send fear to the birds that will see it. However, you should know how to make decoy tactics work for you if you want to succeed in using this one.
If you’re thinking of buying the classic owl scare, check out the Dalen Gardeneer Natural Owl Scare. This one is a plastic statue of a perched Great Horned Owl. It has wide and yellow eyes that are spot on with the actual bird. Although plastic, it’s painted to embody realism. The decoy model is 16 inches tall and has a plug underneath so you can fill it with water or sand for weight.
The owl not working? The birds visiting your yard might be more scared of snakes. It’s best to pair your owl decoy with inflatable snakes that you can place on your berries or plants. The model looks like an actual snake and you can get it in a set of three. Using bird scarers has to be creative.
3. Scare tape
Scare tapes are taking over the bird scare strategy nowadays. Not only does it produce blinding reflections, it also emits a thin metal sound that the birds will perceive as a threat. Most tape rolls of this kind can be used in any outdoor situation like farms, home gardens, porches, boats, and others. The other end of the tape should be left flapping in the air for added scaring effect. Just remember that this isn’t an adhesive tape and you’ll need to tie the other end or attach it with another tape.
If you were to ask me, I’ll recommend the De-Bird Scare Tape. You can get it in two different sizes, but you might want to use the extra thick version for more scare. This inexpensive method of fending off feral fowls will last long and is even more effective than predator decoys.
The De-Bird Scare tape is basically strips of iridescent material that when struck by light will produce shimmer. Even farmers use this to protect their crops against the pesky crows. Totally no mess to clean or birds to shoot once you have this in place.
4. Ultrasonic devices
Some building owners who don’t have the time to play the tricks of scaring prefer using bird scarers with advanced technology. They use ultrasonic devices to emit irritating sounds that will cause the birds to fly away. Ultrasonic devices, as many believe, can send critters and fowls off the property. However, the critical part here is the installation since ultrasonic devices only produce short-waved sounds.
When it comes to commercial options, one of the best finds is the ZZC ultrasonic device. It has the ability to repel “trespassers” on your property like rodents, skunks, rabbits, and the pesky birds. Take note that the ultrasonic sound this device produces has a reach of 170-degree horizontal and 60-degree vertical. Overall, its reach is at 45 feet and the birds would be blasted with high-frequency sounds the moment they are detected by the motion sensor.
If you want a device that can be mounted on your garden, look no further than the ZOVENCHI Ultrasonic Repeller. It works the same as the ZZC device but the difference is that ZOVENCHI is solar-powered. Make sure that you buy yours from the seller named LAIER to avoid knock-off versions.
Before installing this, remember that cats domesticated cats, dogs, and birds will also be irritated by using bird scarers of the same kind.
5. Scare balloons
Is your boat pestered by flocks of gulls? If so, hang some scare balloons onboard to stop the fowls from landing. This can also be used on gardens, porches, windows, and on swimming pools. These scare balloons are usually yellow in color but there are black and white variants to blend with the surroundings. The balls have circular, holographic eyes, mimicking with that of an owl. When hanging loose, the wind will move it, thus appearing to be alive in the eyes of the birds.
The balloons can be as large as a basketball so it can cover an area of 6,000 sq. ft. If you want to get all the colors, check out the Bird-X Scare Balloon Set. It has one piece of yellow, black, and white balloons that have a 3D effect. These balloons are made of strong Mylar that can withstand extreme outdoor weather including the damaging UV rays. It won’t easily fade or puncture.
The set may come with strips of glossy plastic that you can attach as the tail of the balloon. The fluttering effect on the wind will scare the birds even more when you’re using bird scarers like this.
6. Mechanical spider
Are your air-conditioning units plagued by pigeons? Or is your boat a hangout place for gulls? If so, you can make use of the mechanical spider as a method to drive the fowls away. This product doesn’t really look like a freaky spider, but it bears some legs that resemble with that of a giant daddy long legs crawler. These thin legs are attached to a spinning center that can be mounted on any flat surface.
One example of this product is the Bird B Gone Bird Spider Repeller. It has thin metal legs with plastic caps on each end. The legs are bouncy plus the rotating ability of the base will surely send the birds flying away. You have the choice to glue this down or use a screw to fix the base or just tie it firmly that it won’t be taken down by strong winds.
The Bird B Gone Mechanical Spider comes in different sizes, starting from the small two feet range up to the biggest eight feet coverage. Each of the mechanical spiders is wind-tested so it’s added assurance here when you’re using bird scarers.
Pinwheels are more than just adorable additions to your fence or establishment façade. Those made of shiny materials like foil are intended to send the birds away. It’s a combination of movement and blinding shimmer that will discourage the birds from paying you another unwanted visit.
The good thing about pinwheels is that each piece is small and you can place it almost anywhere you want to. You can even mount one on top of your car or place another on your window without obstructing the view. Some are larger to ensure that the birds from afar will see it even before they close in on your property.
If you want a bigger one or your garden, get the In The Breeze Pinwheel set. This has eight pieces of iridescent wheels measuring eight inches wide and attached to a foot-long wand. The material used for the rotating wheels is durable Mylar that won’t easily tear or crush even during strong winds. I suggest that you get the set with the color the same with that of scare tapes.
You can surround your garden with these pinwheels if you prefer using bird scarers like this.
8. Motion-sensor jet blasters
Aggressive birds need aggressive scaring. If the gulls won’t leave your boat alone or the crows keep on pestering your yard, it’s time that you get a jet blaster to send them away. This device is a motion-activated sprinkler that will release spurts of water the moment it detects a movement. Most of the time, these jet blasters are harmless and unlikely to injure or kill the fowls. The worst that may happen is their feathers being soaked wet.
The top pick for this device is the Scarecrow Motion Activated Animal Repellent. It has coverage of 1,200 sq. ft. and works in a 9-volt battery that can last up to six months in use. Your yard will surely be free of critters and birds once you install this in. Just make sure you refer to the installation instructions well as the stakes have to be mounted in a specific way.
For another option, you can check out the Hoont Outdoor Jet Blaster. It works the same way with the Scarecrow Repellent but the sensor is only effective for movements within 30 sq. ft. This is a good thing, though, if you only have a small garden and you don’t want the water blaster to be turning on and off with just a slight motion.
9. Chimney Cowls
If the birds keep on nesting on your chimney, you probably need to put something in there that’s moving. A chimney cowl is a good option as it can serve as ventilation and a deterrent for birds too. Cowls are usually made of shiny stainless steel, and when that meets sunlight, your roof becomes a blinding surface to land at.
If you’re looking for a cowl, try the Colt Cowl Rotorvent Turbolite. It can be mounted directly on the flue of your chimney. It has slit designs that are disorienting for the birds. However, it’s important to remember that you should only mount this during the season when your chimney is not in use and not emitting smoke.
Using bird scarers are effective ways of removing the birds out of your property without hurting or killing them. There are products you can utilize as I listed here, but make sure you practice some tactics to make it work its full potential. Do you have something to add? Share it with us below!