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Mixed blessings -

On the one paw, I saw a mockingbird perched in my catnip, picking little buggies out to nosh on. That's good.

On the other hand, it saw me, and explained to me that this--really, the section of front yard centered on the rangy little oak tree, including but not limited to the front sidewalk, the driveway, and the east side of the lawn, but specifically including the herb garden--was its territory, because it had a nest in said oak tree. It hovered around me in that "don't turn your back or you'll lose hair" sort of way, and squawked.

If it's going to claim ownership of a big chunk of property, maybe I can use this as some sort of tax write-off? I don't know.

My unsympathetic co-worker has suggested that I wear a hat with a big owl on it. Where to find one, though?


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May. 22nd, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
The dollar store has toy, somewhat realistic, rubber snakes for sale for fifty cents apiece.

They are realistic enough to scare off birds (and one mother in law, but that wasn't intentional, really and honestly), but if your mockingbird has already laid eggs in that nest, you might not want to force abandonment, so you might think about it for prevention after these chicks have feathered and flown.

Just an idea.
May. 22nd, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
It's an amusing idea, but I really don't mind the birdies so much :) I may want one when my anise hyssop goes to seed, apparently the little birdies love those seeds...
May. 22nd, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
I'd recommend a parasol as a shield.
May. 22nd, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
No, no, parasols lead to musical numbers, and no-one wants that. I know my Gilbert and Sullivan.
May. 22nd, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
But you could charge your neighboors for the show!
(and buy more mints!)
May. 22nd, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
Sweetie, if the neighbors wouldn't let me have a car parked on the street, they probably wouldn't respond well to a one-man reinterpretation of the beach scene from "Pirates of Penzance." I'm just thinking.
May. 22nd, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
Or you could put on the show anyway, and they'd pay you to stop. And you could buy more mints...
May. 23rd, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
Tax write off
Mocking birds are MEAN!! They attack Scooby and everybody LOVES Scooby. The fish would rather nuzzle Scooby than eat and all the other birds will eat in the backyard around him!
CBS did a story about people getting attacked by mockingbirds.

NWF keeps sending out emails about getting your backyard claimed as a wildlife something or other, so you might be able to get a tax write-off, too. I always delete their emails, so I don't know if that works.

The owl MIGHT work, but haven't you seen that owl at McDonald's? He's COVERED in bird poo. So, he ain't workin'. If you ever want a clean slate, I can loan you the psycho kitty. She'll wipe out all animals under 50 pounds in your neighborhood.

Motion activated or solar powered scarecrow(doesn't have to be humanoid, of course) would be fine during the harvest when you want them away from your seeds, or a greenhouse cover just while they root.
Scarecrow style something or other(wind activated lawn art) will work for a while. Once they get used to it you'll have to change it.

What's the HOA rule on lawn art?
May. 23rd, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
On further thought - if there aren't any eggs / babies in the nest yet, you could just knock it down. If you're vigilant about making sure to knock down all attempts to replace it, the bird will eventually find a new place to be belligerent.
May. 23rd, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
No, I really don't mind it. I don't have any fruit for it to tear apart, it's eating bugs, and I like mockingbirds, even if I do have to watch my back in the mornings. It's when they start imitating old vaudeville routines that they get annoying.
May. 23rd, 2008 06:44 am (UTC)
That's very cool.
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