Good morning Anne,
Thank you for giving me your email address in the hope that you may know somebody who could help me to rid my garden of Satin Bower Birds.
They first appeared in my garden about 10 or so years ago when the fig tree had fruit. They'd come for a short while and then disappear till the following Summer. This year they have not departed and have made my garden their own. There are
about 6 females and now the male has started visiting.
These birds are highly destructive and very messy. For example, eating buds off Camelias, pulling every leaf off all my cyclamen, taking out cactus centres and eating or damaging my Cumquats and anything that takes their fancy. They leave their
droppings all over my back door path area and pollute the water containers which I've now reduced to 2. About 2 months ago I found part of my pebble path at my BarBQ missing - it's about 10" sq and the pebbles are glued onto fine mesh. These squares are
no longer available so I have a very obvious gap. I eventually found the mesh with just 1 white pebble still partly attached. I always thought it was blue they liked. Have found a few blue bottle caps too.
Any help with a deterrant would be much appreciated. I've hosed them with the hose jet and hung some holographic scare tape from branches but neither works. In fact they just attack the knob of the tape trying to pinch it I suppose.
Thank you Anne for your email address and offer of help. I live in Wanniassa and my phone # is 0419 681 878.