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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Any good birdscaring tips?

    4in ish pea netting works with seabirds. Spread it like a blanket and secure to the guardrails in such a way that it is suspended above the cockpit/deck. You have to experiment and you may need a topping lift.
    The mast gets in the way so two are really required. Get a seamstresstypeperson to edge with fabric and make the ties red and green for ease of use or it all gets in a dreadful tangle.

    Don't be tempted with heavy or fine net or they will enjoy sitting on it and crapping through. With pea netting they can't perch on it and don't like to go under it. A pain to rig but you soon get it down to 5 mins and it's better than guano scrubbing.

  2. #22
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    Default Re: Any good birdscaring tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by doug748 View Post
    4in ish pea netting works with seabirds. Spread it like a blanket and secure to the guardrails in such a way that it is suspended above the cockpit/deck. You have to experiment and you may need a topping lift.
    The mast gets in the way so two are really required. Get a seamstresstypeperson to edge with fabric and make the ties red and green for ease of use or it all gets in a dreadful tangle.

    Don't be tempted with heavy or fine net or they will enjoy sitting on it and crapping through. With pea netting they can't perch on it and don't like to go under it. A pain to rig but you soon get it down to 5 mins and it's better than guano scrubbing.
    I can't see this making much difference - when they bomb us, they are sitting on the shrouds close to the top of the mast!

  3. #23
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    Default Re: Any good birdscaring tips?

    Get a ship's cat.

  4. #24
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    Default Re: Any good birdscaring tips?

    Building by us use these



    Rotation mirrors





    Convert you wind speed meter to one of these.
    Last edited by Rogershaw; 16-09-19 at 15:13.
    Life is too short not to have a sea view
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  5. #25
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    Default Re: Any good birdscaring tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by maby View Post
    I can't see this making much difference - when they bomb us, they are sitting on the shrouds close to the top of the mast!
    It's the same here in Southsea. The starlings perch on the shrouds at this time of year and make a mess everywhere.

    The marina have a really loud squawking scarer but that's not made any difference.

    Rubber snakes sound an interesting proposition.

    I think a string between the upper spreader tip and the masthead might help but it's baffling when the starlings balance on both the spinning part and the directional part of the windexes.

    Maybe this is the only thing that will help on the windex arms...

    https://www.nomorebirds.co.uk/transparent-bird-gel~114

  6. #26
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    Default Re: Any good birdscaring tips?

    In Gosport the starlings tend to flock in in the early evening in large numbers and perch on the mast and rigging. The marina (Haslar) usually get a man with a hawk in at this time of year, and this does seem to be effective, but I realise it just sends the problem elsewhere.

  7. #27
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    Default Re: Any good birdscaring tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by Biggles Wader View Post
    Get a ship's cat.
    Who is going to climb up the mast to rescue the cat?

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    Default Re: Any good birdscaring tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by Praxinoscope View Post
    Who is going to climb up the mast to rescue the cat?
    Fear not. It will come down of its own accord when it is hungry or needs its litter box

  9. #29
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    Default Re: Any good birdscaring tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by Praxinoscope View Post
    Who is going to climb up the mast to rescue the cat?
    I dread to think what a cat's claws would do to a carbon mast...
    I was nervous enough attaching a fake plastic owl to the carbon boom...
    You never know, I might be right!

  10. #30
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    Default Re: Any good birdscaring tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by stingo View Post
    Fear not. It will come down of its own accord when it is hungry or needs its litter box
    Oh, is it not going to poop on the deck from on high, then?

    Mike.

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