Too many birds, and too many bird problems.
June 12, 2012 9:34 AM Subscribe
Name that bird! And also need some suggestions for keeping birds out of the pet food/water dishes.
posted by PeppahCat to Pets & Animals (9 answers total)
I'm gonna kill two birds with one question here (ha!) and ask two questions.
1. Can someone identify these birds
? These little terrors are always a problem during the spring/summer here in Eastern Tennessee. They are of a dusty black/brownish gray/brownish black color (there's some scientific color specs for ya) and are the most annoying birds ever. They're roughly the size of your standard bluejay or mockingbird. They hang around the yard, walking mostly, and do a lot of picking on the ground rather than eating from a feeder. Oddly, they seem to stay with the momma bird well into their adult years, and are messy as all get out. The babies will literally follow the mom around puffing up, fussing, and generally being annoying until she feeds them...they look to be fully grown though. (IANA bird expert, just an observation). I've looked at whatbird.com and have not had much luck, but that doesn't mean much LOL.
2. Any fresh/new/interesting ideas on how to keep birds out of pet food/water dishes? We don't have the option to bring said dishes in during the day and the above mentioned birds, as well as mockingbirds, cause lots of mess and end up wasting food as well. We've tried the fake owl near the dishes and have moved it several times, but the birds seem to catch on to that pretty quickly. Any other ideas? (I think the easiest thing for us will be building lattice work around the dog's area, but the birds will still have access to the food...it will just require a little more walking/flying on their part.)