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  • From: "Thomas Olenio" <>
  • To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Scare Tactics and a Reference Book - Recommendations?
  • Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 07:39:41 -0400


I have something that really confuses the birds and they keep away.

I built a hawk in flight, with it's legs and claws extended, painted the appropriate colors, and suspended it from fishing line over my grape arbor. The way it is set up, it bounces a bit, and swings in a large arc when the wing blows.

You cannot see the fishing line and it looks very odd, as if attacking the arbor.

Last season I saw a bird trying to fight with it.

Problem is, my wife liked it so much I left it up all this season and the birds now ignor it.

Put the scare devices up only as fruit begins to ripen. It only needs to work for 1-2 weeks and after harvest take them down. Never leave them long enough for the birds to figure out they ar fakes.


On Mon, 26 Jul 2004 20:42:45 -0600, philip sauber <> wrote:

My blackbirds and mockingbirds are smart enough to know a plastic owl when they see one. My 2 "owls" from Lowes haven't stopped them from munching on my persimmons and muscadines. I move them every day also. Neither did CDs hung in the tree do anything. Netting works.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Thetes_Mark_Straka" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 08:37:02 -0700
To: <>
Subject: [NAFEX] Scare Tactics and a Reference Book - Recommendations?

I just saw a "prowler owl" with a four-foot wingspan to mount on a 1/2" pole to scare off bird pests (on eBay: I was wondering if anyone has used this or something like this, and of course, how effective it is. [By the way, what's the opposite of "decoy?"]

I'm trying to read Fred Brison's Pecan Culture, but I'm having trouble getting through Chapter Two. It is laced with vocabulary like: pericycle, acropetal, xylem, parenchyma, schlerenchyma, medullary ray tissue, abscission, sessile flowers, bract, apical dominance, perianth, peduncle, and I could go on. I am in bad need of some reference work that will get me up to speed (hopefully illustrated!) and I'm soliciting recommendations right now. Thank you all very much.

I'm a rank beginning pecan orchardist.

Mark Straka

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