How to Keep Birds off Patio Furniture?

mary_228June 16, 2009

Hello all,

I realize that members here like birds, but I imagine, like me, you don't want to have to clean your patio furniture every day before sitting on it.

I have morning doves that sit there all day and make quite a mess. Also a big robin-looking bird (speckled breast, please forgive my ignorance) that is quite bold. Almost makes me afraid to go out on the patio.

I don't have a bird feeder, although two neighbors behind me feed them. I'd appreciate any advice you have.

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rachel_frome_ky

Sounds like your neighbor might be using tray feeders so the Mourning Doves have been multiplying like crazy. The only bold Robin-sized bird I know with a speckled breast is a Brown Thrasher, but they are shy of people.

Note long tail, light wing bars, reddish coloring, yellow eyes From 7-24-08, Birds and mammals on Poppy Mnt From 8-1-17, 2008, Birds at Hanlon Farm

There are also Wood Thrushes, but those are woodland birds and very shy. Note round breast spots, white eye ring, short tail, brown color From 4-27-09

Other than trying to persuade your neighbors to switch to thistle tube feeders (why I'm SO glad there are no "bird lovers" living in our area to throw out cheap food and attract trash birds) you might try those new motion detector fake Great Horned Owls I've seen advertised.

Here's the lowest price I can see

http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Gardener-8021-Defense-Electronic/dp/B000FJRSOW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1245161400&sr=8-1

    Bookmark   June 16, 2009 at 10:19AM
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lisa11310

You are right, we love our birds and bird doodoo is just a blessing. No bird doodo means an unhealthy planet, but this does not help your outdooor dining. I suggets plastic sheets while not in use. I have Iron furnature that is easily washed off with the hose and a squirt of antibactierial soap. I would much rather deal with the small cleaning chore than not have birds.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2009 at 11:24PM
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mary_228

Rachel is correct. One of the neighbors has a tray feeder. She also feed squirrels with corn cobs, which also end up in my yard. The geese that perch on her roof are also a nuisance. Unfortunately, the big ugly bird is not one of the beautiful ones pictured. I might not mind so much if it was. But frankly, the morning doves are the big "producers". They don't even fly away when I open my blinds in the morning (and the chair is only ten feet away).

Maybe I'l try the cd or holographic tape ideas.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2009 at 9:53AM
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rachel_frome_ky

Nature balances itself but when people start artificially feeding, things can quickly get out of balance. Neighbors and native song birds suffer when aggressive species multiply given a plentiful food supply.

People who want to see native song birds can use tube thistle feeders, avoid tray feeders and leaving out scraps, cracked corn, dog food, and cheap bird seed. If your neighbors are flooding your yard with unwanted birds maybe you can persuade them to switch, maybe even buy them a thistle tube feeder as a gift.

Many novices believe they are "helping" the birds when they feed song bird predators or nuisance animals

    Bookmark   June 17, 2009 at 12:46PM
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mary_228

Success!
I hung a sheet of aluminum foil from a decorative stake using a rubber band. It bobbed around and make lots of crinkly noise. They were scared for a few days. I found them sitting right under it and then stormed out of the house stomping my feet and waving my arms. They flew off and haven't been back! At least not on this part of the patio. I have since moved the foil around a bit and added one of those shiny spirally plastic garden ornaments. Just thought I'd share my "success" in case anyone else has this issue.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2009 at 9:55AM
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jsimran

your speckled robin-like bird sounds like an immature American robin.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2009 at 7:02PM
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