1 Tahrcountry Musings: Fake Snakes to Scare Australian Birds

Friday, November 23, 2007

Fake Snakes to Scare Australian Birds

Plastic snakes are being deployed in an effort to scare away tens of thousands of starlings that have descended on Tamworth in Australia. Pungent droppings of birds have created lot of problems for the authoritities. Pink, orange, green and black plastic snakes, will be tied to branches of trees. This is a desperate attempt by the Tamworth council even though there is no firm scientific basis for the operation.


JLB said...

Interestingly enough, I was just reading a gardening book that I've been given to review, and it recommends this very thing to keep birds out of the garden - either fake plastic toy snakes, or cut up bits of twisted garden hose. Apparently folks have used this approach for some time...

The book suggests that one needs to move the fake snake from time to time, to keep the birds on their toes. :)

Mohan Alembath said...

Thanks jlb for that info about the book