Dear Home-Ec 101,
It seems that the birds are talking in my neighborhood….what’s the twittering about? “There’s a neighborhood swimming hole AND buffet.” Yup, it’s true, all the little birds are coming to my house to swim, bathe, and snack in the DOGS WATER DISH! Every day I have to swab the back deck with an assigned birdie-poop mop….eeewwwww! As if this weren’t enough, they’re pecking at my 5-gallon buckets of tomato plants (there are four/two-cherry & two-beef steak)!!!
I already have several bird-feeders, not too close to the “birdie-entertainment center.”
How do I stop this?!?!?!
Signed….Bring your own towel!
My first thought was to put little bird heads on stakes all over the place, but I don’t want PETA coming after me, so don’t try that. Heads on stakes is my favorite method of making things stay away, but I never can get over the gory part. I’d make a terrible revolutionary/dictator, I suppose.
At any rate, you want to make the place a lot less attractive to the birds. One thing that might work is a loud, shiny set of wind chimes. I have wind chimes on my front porch and the birds have stayed far away ever since I hung it.
If that doesn’t keep them away, I’d try to catch them in the act and bang something really loud every time I saw them out there. Maybe eventually they’d get the hint? If all else fails, try the heads-on-stakes method, just don’t tell PETA.