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How to keep birds out of my yard without scaring away Hummers?

Posted by kat58 8 (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 2, 11 at 13:52

Is there any way to keep the Bluejays and Blackbirds out of my yard without scaring away my Hummers? These birds are loud and are dropping pecan and other nut shells all the place leaving a big mess! I do have a cat but I don't want her harming the hummingbirds. Even if I didn't have hummingbirds having a cat wouldn't help anyway because these blackbirds actually go after my cat! What can I do?


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RE: How to keep birds out of my yard without scaring away Hummers

I've known people to buy those fake plastic owls...but birds are smart...I think they would figure it out.

Or remove the nut trees...if they are yours.


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RE: How to keep birds out of my yard without scaring away Hummers

No I don't have any nut trees, they are bringing the nuts over from someplace else. These birds like to hang out in my Rose of Sharon and Magnolia trees. I don't want to scare away my hummingbirds so if I put a fake owl out will they leave too?


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RE: How to keep birds out of my yard without scaring away Hummers

I really don't know, but not sure an owl could catch a hummer so they might not be afraid.

There is bird netting for trees but not sure how effective it is.


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RE: How to keep birds out of my yard without scaring away Hummers

  • Posted by dis_ z9 CA (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 3, 11 at 18:05

Your messy visitors will perch on that plastic owl and poop on it. They know the difference between it and the real thing.

I would love to have the jays visit my yard regularly!


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RE: How to keep birds out of my yard without scaring away Hummers

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 3, 11 at 19:07

On the other hand, the scrub jays love eating Tomato hornworms. Have not had damage for years.


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RE: How to keep birds out of my yard without scaring away Hummers

I have never seen a scared hummingbird. Those guys will hover a foot from face and complain about my choice of flowers I grow. Al


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RE: How to keep birds out of my yard without scaring away Hummers

  • Posted by dis_ z9 CA (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 4, 11 at 13:02

I have watched a Hummer dive bombing a perched golden eagle. The majestic bird had a what-the-heck look about him. It was hilarious to watch.


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RE: How to keep birds out of my yard without scaring away Hummers

Personally, I would love the birds. But to answer your question, I'm not sure that there is anything you could do. SO maybe just chill a little and enjoy all that nature has to offer, including the hummers that dont seem to be afraid of anything.


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