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Hairyloon

Attracting birds of prey.

We have got a really bad problem with birds at our allotment. The clear and obvious answer is that something needs to move in and start eating them.

How, aside from hiring a falconer, do we get them to come?
NorthernMonkeyGirl

First thought is suitable nesting habitat - I know barn owl boxes are pretty standard but I don't know if there's anything like that designed for other birds of prey.
buzzy

If you built a cathedral you might get Peregrine Falcons Wink

Henry
Hairyloon

First thought is suitable nesting habitat - I know barn owl boxes are pretty standard but I don't know if there's anything like that designed for other birds of prey.

http://shopping.rspb.org.uk/kestrel-nestbox-advice
https://www.raptorresource.org/build.htm
https://www.peregrinefund.org/nest-boxes
Hairyloon

If you built a cathedral you might get Peregrine Falcons Wink


I'm told there are peregrines not too far away, but I think they have rich pickings so do not stray far.
Mistress Rose

Sparrowhawks are probably the best for you. They will take birds up to pigeon sized. That way you don't need to build a cathedral. Laughing buzzy

Can you tell us which birds are causing the problem? There is good eating on both pigeons and sparrows, I've heard.

Henry
Hairyloon

Can you tell us which birds are causing the problem? There is good eating on both pigeons and sparrows, I've heard.
Pigeons are prime suspects, also blackbirds.
The problem is of how to catch them: shooting is not a realistic option.
dpack

pigeons are debatable, blackbirds are a definite leave em alone.

therefore use:

nets, cages and strings to obstruct em from nibbling

the stuff that tastes that tastes horrible on pea shoots etc

cats, feed a few free range moggies and provide a cosy nest and regular food to the most polite and best hunters. cats can exact a high price as they love freshly turned soil for their easement

of the various bird scarers one of the most effective i have observed is a raptor decoy that "flys" from the top of a thin flexible pole, they are quite life like in any sort of breeze.

"Rookies" are loads of fun til somebody loses some fingers Shocked Laughing but won't be popular with the neighbours or deter many birds once they get used to them.

it should be remembered for a bit of bird loss there is the bird gain from pest control,
Hairyloon

of the various bird scarers one of the most effective i have observed is a raptor decoy that "flys" from the top of a thin flexible pole, they are quite life like in any sort of breeze..,

Summut like: this?
dpack

i dont think engine spares will work very well.

this sort of bird kite might work better than a gasket set Laughing
Hairyloon

i dont think engine spares will work very well.
Hmmm, dodgy link. How's that work?
Doubly odd that it works OK if I use the link down in the "topic review" on the "post reply" page.
Suggests to me that the problem is forum end if it affects you and me both?
Hairyloon

i dont think engine spares will work very well.

this sort of bird kite might work better than a gasket set Laughing
Check here: http://www.viglink.com/opt-out/ and try it again?
buzzy

i dont think engine spares will work very well.

this sort of bird kite might work better than a gasket set Laughing

I got vintage pedal cycle spares!

Henry
buzzy

The first link works now. That sort of thing might help, but it depends on how canny your pigeons are. You might need to move it around from time to time.

Henry
dpack

the solid type are easy and cheap but they soon decide it is no threat wellington womble

My mate who deals with my foxes shoots pigeons and flies a Harris hawk to deter pigeons from places like football stadiums. It's part of his pest control company (although, mostly I think he just likes hawks)

Harris Hawk is likely your best bet. They're cheap and common, so someone should have one close by and will likely fly it so as to have somewhere to train. You will probably have to put up with it being stuck up a tree now again. They are notoriously grumpy. I'll ask him what sort of network there is to contact people.

(I'm still itching to put an eagle owl in the chicken house and give foxy a shock. Apparently, the Warwickshire hunt use them to finish off the foxes they hound and hunt legally. I don't know if it's a myth though and I'm not especially fond of them the rest of the time)
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