Saturday, 31 March 2012

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

No, it's a bird scarer.

On our Humbleyard Hoofers walk today - on the first grey day for a while - we came across this attempt to keep the pesky pigeons from pecking the plants in New Buckenham in Norfolk.

Shaped like a bird of prey, and suspended from a pole, it moves about in the wind in a realistic way. Well, it looks reasonably realistic to me, but I wonder what the birds make of it.

Initial signs were good: I couldn't see any birds trying to get at the crop - oilseed rape - but we humans might have scared them off, I suppose. Will they get used to it, and treat it with the same contempt as I'm sure they do an old-fashioned scarecrow?

At least it's quieter than a gun, and therefore more human-friendly.

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