I have also have had white-browed scrubwren offerings on my car and I found
the easiest solution was to stick some oven mitts over the wing mirrors when
leaving the car at work. Works a treat.
From: Bill Jolly <>
To: Birding Aus <>
Date: Wednesday, 21 March 2001 5:39 PM
Subject: Birds on cars
>Oh how I empathise with Niven and his honeyeater problem!
>With my car (note to Alex Appleman, it is cardinal red) the birds that
>it are White-browed Scrubwrens. They don't just sit on the mirrors. They
>on the rubbers beneath the windows and leave a row of bright white
>tear-shaped residues along the full length of the car - both sides. About
>droppings per door, plus another 15 to 20 between the back door and the
>end of the wagon - on each side. So that's around ninety individual
>presents, PLUS a veritable heap of guano on top of each mirror housing.
>There is no point washing the car too often - because it will be
>over the course of the next day or so.
>But given that White-browed Scrubwrens are forever breeding around the
>house, and tend to wander around on the verandahs, and that they are such
>companionable and confiding little birds, I feel fairly comfortable with
>this attachment they've developed to the car. Perhaps I think of it as the
>sign of an intimate and privileged relationship - marked by a unique badge
>Mind you, over the last few months my car has developed a distinctively
>scruffy look, probably not so well regarded by those outside this
>of ours. Certainly when we go to town, or pick up visitors from the
>everyone knows which is the birders car!
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