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Old 02.07.2017, 21:10
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Sparrows ... Anything to scare them?

Our garden is overrun with sparrows at the moment, literally hundreds of them daily.
I open the door to the garden in the morning and they fly off, having already shat over the table, chairs, patio, toys etc etc .. We put out the clothes dryer and they crap on that too.. We don't feed them or leave food around, they seem to just like it here. We have little white bird crap on everything!

They have become like vermin, i know it's a first world problem but anything to scare them off for good? Cats don't work, there are at least 3 neighbourhood cats who are often in the garden.

Just shoot them?
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Old 02.07.2017, 21:13
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Re: Sparrows ... Anything to scare them?

Model crow or bird of prey
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Re: Sparrows ... Anything to scare them?

And what is the problem, actually? It is fledging time. When visitors come here they are so happy to see and hear sparrows, as they say there are hardly any left in the South of UK - sad. Takes a couple of minutes to wipe down table and chairs on patio - and we have tons of other birds too happy to say.
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Old 02.07.2017, 21:18
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A few of my neighbours have model owls on their windows ledges, the sparrows try to nest to n the shutters!

Not sure how well they work, suppose one on the patio might be worth a try. Although the real birds of prey don't scare them!!
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And what is the problem, actually? It is fledging time. When visitors come here they are so happy to see and hear sparrows, as they say there are hardly any left in the South of UK - sad. Takes a couple of minutes to wipe down table and chairs on patio - and we have tons of other birds too happy to say.

The problem is shit.
It takes much longer than that to wash the clothes you are drying out.

We are happy you are happy, Odile, with your birds and their shit.

OP, I see people hanging CDs from windowsills and other places. It seems to work.
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Old 02.07.2017, 21:25
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Re: Sparrows ... Anything to scare them?

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And what is the problem, actually? It is fledging time. When visitors come here they are so happy to see and hear sparrows, as they say there are hardly any left in the South of UK - sad. Takes a couple of minutes to wipe down table and chairs on patio - and we have tons of other birds too happy to say.
I would actually prefer not to wipe a load of bird crap off my stuff every day or re-wash the washing that we hang out?

sure they are nice to look and all.. but hey so are elephants and we don't want them crapping over the patio either.
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Re: Sparrows ... Anything to scare them?

Know that feeling. Only thing I came up with was to put a big bin bag over the washing. Best not to get me started on that subject though. Batty neighbour (and I am toning down the comment for sensitive souls) feed the little f*rs so there were hundreds of them in a totally unnatural space. The noise they make is horrendous. I put netting in the space above the patio blind, sequins on a string to stop them getting inside the bedroom window blinds (anything shiny that moves such as tinsel & cds). Look into some sort of cover over your patio. It's the only solution (as murder is not allowed...).
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Re: Sparrows ... Anything to scare them?

Some of those plastic windmills on sticks? And the CD/tin foil thing seems to work.
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Old 02.07.2017, 21:38
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Re: Sparrows ... Anything to scare them?

I'm really not averse to wild life, i'm outside right now watching the swallows and the bats have just started to come out .. We also have a nightly visit from a big hedgehog..

The sparrows though have totally had a bumper year though, there's tons of them.. They've even nested in the space where the shutters are installed and pulled out insulation from the walls.. I waited until they had fledged and blocked those off..
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Re: Sparrows ... Anything to scare them?

I know, probably won't help, but ...

All the more astonishing that in one of the world’s great cities, this is the bird that has vanished. There is no doubt about it: the figures are there. In November 1925, a young man of 21 went into one of central London’s greenest parks, Kensington Gardens, and counted the house sparrows: there were 2,603.

The man was Max Nicholson, a passionate ornithologist and the founding father of Britain’s environmental institutions, who as a senior civil servant in 1949 brought into being the world’s first statutory conservation body, the Nature Conservancy, and subsequently ran it for 15 years. In December 1948 he repeated the survey: there were 885 birds. In November 1966 there were 642. In November 1975 there were 544. And when he counted them in February 1995, at the age of 91, there were 46, a number which almost certainly will by now have dropped even further.

http://www.independent.co.uk/30years...-a7349336.html

Aren't we lucky to live in a much less barren and polluted world?
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Re: Sparrows ... Anything to scare them?

Isn't the classic trick to shoot one and hang it in the garden? Not sure if it helps for your local reputation though
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Re: Sparrows ... Anything to scare them?

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All the more astonishing that in one of the world’s great cities, this is the bird that has vanished. There is no doubt about it: the figures are there. In November 1925, a young man of 21 went into one of central London’s greenest parks, Kensington Gardens, and counted the house sparrows: there were 2,603.


http://www.independent.co.uk/30years...-a7349336.html

Aren't we lucky to live in a much less barren and polluted world?
Thanks for the link.

Is the cause of their demise air pollution in London?

Air pollution in London passes levels in Beijing... and wood burners are making problem worse

London's air pollution 'cost 9,400 lives'
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Old 03.07.2017, 08:19
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Re: Sparrows ... Anything to scare them?

Knowing how the Swiss love to hold shooting tournaments on Sundays, and how close farmers are to the hearts of Swiss citizens, why not buy an industrial bird scarer?
The type that shoots shotgun blanks every 5 minutes?

I am sure the neighbours will be understanding, provided you keep it quiet between 22:00 and 07:00
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Old 03.07.2017, 08:35
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Our garden is overrun with sparrows at the moment, literally hundreds of them daily.
I open the door to the garden in the morning and they fly off, having already shat over the table, chairs, patio, toys etc etc .. We put out the clothes dryer and they crap on that too.. We don't feed them or leave food around, they seem to just like it here. We have little white bird crap on everything!

They have become like vermin, i know it's a first world problem but anything to scare them off for good? Cats don't work, there are at least 3 neighbourhood cats who are often in the garden.

Just shoot them?

I don't see the problem John! Dry your washing inside, and hose down your table chairs, etc if and when necessary.


Enjoy Nature whilst you are still able to do so!
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Re: Sparrows ... Anything to scare them?

We have a lot of birds here too but rarely is the bird poo on my table and chairs or the laundry.

Perhaps it is because the birds have a lot of trees, the fence railing or some other place to perch.

Living in a rural area what I do have is fly poo.Now that is nasty stuff to wash off.
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The sparrows though have totally had a bumper year though, there's tons of them.
It does seem to be cyclical. Last night, during a 25 minute drive home, I very nearly hit 3 birds hunting insects. Normally it's more like 5 times a season.

Hanging yellow plastic ribbons and CDs from trees etc. seems to be what the fruit farmers do, but if it's a boom year for the population then they'll only have so much effect.
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Old 03.07.2017, 09:42
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I don't see the problem John! Dry your washing inside, and hose down your table chairs, etc if and when necessary.


Enjoy Nature whilst you are still able to do so!
Why would you want to dry your washing inside when it's lovely outside? There's nothing nicer than the smell of fresh laundry when you bring it in from drying in the garden.

I love birds and we have loads around here and we feed them in winter but I too would be annoyed if my washing and garden furniture was being constantly covered in bird poo. The odd poo every now and again is fine but not loads of it every day.
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Why would you want to dry your washing inside when it's lovely outside? There's nothing nicer than the smell of fresh laundry when you bring it in from drying in the garden.


I agree, but as the object of the exercise is to dry the washing, it doesn't matter where it's dried does it?
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Re: Sparrows ... Anything to scare them?

It could be that neighbors have birdfeeders put up or feed them old left over bread. You should call the service for animals, the municipality will give you their number, they will check the birds and probably observe and ask around who feeds them. Send your request by mail. I think it is not just inconvenience, not being really able to use your garden (I can picture scrubbing the trampolines over and over..the bbq grills, kids toys) but also a matter of sanitation and hygiene. Rewash your laundry on higher temps. The CD method seems to be popular.

I don't have a sparrow problem, but had large confused pigeons flew into me a few times lately..auch. In the town center. So hitchcockian.
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Re: Sparrows ... Anything to scare them?

The local sparrows were gone as soon as the crow family moved into the tree across the street. Even with the bird feeder from the family next to us.

It's cool. I like the crows - they're huge, beautiful, relatively silent, and don't shit on my clothes/furniture.

Since relocating a crow family is not a solution, you can try to hang some old CD's to scare them off, though that solution is not permanent (some smart ass decided to defy the CD over the grounds of my grandparents, and noticing it was safe after all, the horde attacked a few weeks later).

A cat scarer with a motion-sensor and sprinkler might help.
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