White-winged Choughs

To: "'Judy Corp'" <>, "'Canberra Birds'" <>
Subject: White-winged Choughs
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2014 10:50:16 +1000
cardboard raptor shapes, small owls from a $ shop and a couple of plastic snakes are gimmicks and don't ever (or very rarely) work or at least not beyond a few minutes. If they do anything (and that is a big if), it is to excite the birds into mobbing behaviour, which potentially attracts more of them or keeps them interested (like my observation of years ago that I wrote of in CBN of birds reacting to a baseball glove). Even live owls, snakes or whatever won't stop the birds from visiting.
What they are doing is seeing their own reflection in the windows and thus attacking the neighbouring flock. Put a cover over the parts of the window that are reflecting their images to them and it will reduce.
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From: Judy Corp [
Sent: Thursday, 15 May 2014 7:49 AM
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: [canberrabirds] White-winged Choughs



My daughter has a flock of White-winged Choughs around her house and in her street in Torrens. They are lovely but they are attacking her windows constantly. She has put several cardboard raptor shapes on windows. She has now got a couple of small owls from a $ shop and a couple of plastic snakes all to no avail.


Can anyone make any suggestion to stop them attacking the windows which is noisy and constant?





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