|Yellow Crock Neck Squash|
The home my husband and I purchased came with a row of 10ft tall Huckleberry trees lining the back of the lot. The berries that are produce by these trees are a natural source of attraction for birds. Most of the birds are harmless and simply beautiful to watch. One species however was become quite a handful. Grackles are destructive, dominant, messy and harmful. It wasn't more than two weeks into our new residence that the neighbors began to ask when we would be removing the trees. My husband and I began cutting them down on our own in hopes of deterring the creatures. We still have a few to deal with.
Next I consulted my mom who shared with me her answer to tackling the trouble makers. She purchased a motion sensor hawk that squawks loudly whenever motion is detected. She lives in a more sparse area than I do. The crowded neighborhood I reside in would not willingly accept the nightly noise. Would I ever find a reasonable and useful solution to the flock of unwanted guests?
I was surprised to find that Walmart had several options available. First was a deer that stood about 3 1/2 foot tall. Once the birds motion was detected the deer would ward off the birds by moving it's head. Great solution, and quite attractive. Forty-five dollars is more than I am willing to fork over. Next came an owl that stood about 2 feet tall with bulging eyes that would light up and a neck that would rotate. Not bad, but still out of budget. Finally I eyed these brightly colored inflatable balls with neon decorations and streamers. At $5 apiece (I needed two for my size of garden) I finally found something that was affordable. My husband installed them immediately and the trick works. Apparently Grackles are not fond of bright neon colors moving in the wind.
|Homemade Bird Deterrent|