Bird poop problems

ellen_portland(z8 OR)January 23, 2012


Not sure if anyone can help me ;-) We have a Wisteria vine that winds around the post of our front stoop and across the front awning. There have been Finch nests there for a few years now. Just this last month there is now a proliferation of bird poop right in front of our front step. I am not sure what to do, part of me wants to put a small piece of chicken wire up to deter the birds, but then I am torn to keep the birds out of the vine they love so much and away from the nests... even though they won't be used until spring.

It's just frustrating that their has never been all this poop before, but the nests have been there a few years.

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Is the poop coming from birds perched on the vine or directly from nesting activity? Perhaps it would be feasible to suspend some replaceable cloth to catch the poop.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2012 at 10:48PM
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ellen_portland(z8 OR)

I don't think there is any birds nesting at this time of year? They have just come back each Spring. This is just the first time we've had a build up of poop. I really don't want something visible hanging there to catch the poop... I was thinking of the chicken wire as a deterrent. ? I'm wondering why now there is poop when there wasn't before. I haven't noticed an increase in birds- it's just weird.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2012 at 11:43PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Since the wisteria is a huge and powerful vine unless kept diligently pruned to remain unnaturally small maybe having it wrapped around the post etc. is not going to work out anyway - and the plant should be removed.

This would of course also take away the place for the birds to hang out.

There are tall native conifers in this region with wisteria vines growing all the way to their tops. In time the trunks of full-sized wisteria vines become quite stout. I have also seen a big one sending out runners across the top of a bed, like a sheet of piano wire. Not really a plant for a small space in a modest setting.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2012 at 5:12PM
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