Friday, 27 June 2014

Man Versus Bird: Who Is Fooling Who?

I had to laugh when I snapped this picture at work.

Only days before I had a contractor in my office adamant that I needed to invest in several plastic owls for our rooftops in an effort to deal with some troublesome birds that have been creating a lot of damage. I mentioned that we had some owls, but they were completely ineffective. He didn’t seem to believe me.

(For the record, I didn’t hire him)

Apparently the logic behind the owls is that, as predators, smaller species of birds are afraid of owls, and so they avoid the area where these big plastic owls are placed. However, I’m convinced that most birds aren’t totally stupid either. They may be fooled on day one, or perhaps even day two, but after that carry on where they want despite our ruse with the fake owls. Having said that, I was in a store somewhere where I saw large bobble-head owls. With their constant head movement, perhaps they’re more effective, but I doubt it.

Anyways, in the mean time I will continue to be amused by birds perching on the heads of plastic owls. Instead of fooling the birds, maybe we’re the fools for thinking that they could be fooled by an inanimate object made to look like them. 
After I initially posted this, one of my brothers commented on Facebook:
"Maybe you need to go to the area from where you are trying to scare the birds, and sit in the open eating a plate of scrambled eggs ... just to show the birds what you're capable of!"
Hmm, yeah, that might work. LOL ;)

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