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Mocking bird troubles...
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Frank    Posted 05-06-2001 at 08:51:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi All,

I have aggressive mocking birds in my back yard...they seem to be protecting a nest although I see no visible signs of a nest in the little tree that they have been sitting under. Anyone attempting to walk within 15-20 feet of that tree is subject to spread wings, incessant chirping etc. and I'm sure any closer approach would end in some type of attack/dive bombing! This has gone on for about a week now. My questions are how long will they be in the protective mode and is there any humane way to get rid of the little buggers. (Did I mention that they have had the audacity to use my patio as a toilet?) I don't want to see the young suffer but at the same time I would like to be able to sit out in my yard and to mow the grass. I would appreciate any guidance y'all have to offer!

All the best,
Frank in GA


Linda in TX    Posted 08-07-2007 at 18:47:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I HAVE THE ANSWER FOR YOU ALL!!!! After being attacked for two days and reading all through this forum. I was ready to shoot them. BUT--it came to me. I have a DECOY OWL for squirrels when they come around. I thought....maybe...Within a period of one hour they had flown to the highest tree to guard their "area"---within a few days they were gone totally. It makes sense. Major predator against attacking bird. No sweat...No kill, Bye, Bye Birdies!!!!! Get yourself a decoy owl and enjoy your yards and pool. They nested above mine.


Joan Heddy    Posted 05-28-2009 at 07:22:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a nest of mocking birds in a shrub alongside of my patio
When you go outside they dive bomb myself and my dog. How long is it before the babies are gone and I can enjoy the patio and back yard again
Thanks
Joan


Tricia Hackney    Posted 07-05-2007 at 07:05:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can anybody tell me how to get rid of a mockingbird
I have one in my tree outside may window and its driving me crazy!!!!!!!! it starts singing at 5:00AM until it get dark.


Tricia Hackney    Posted 07-05-2007 at 07:06:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Mockingbird troubles


coltoncar    Posted 05-10-2007 at 21:36:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a new born baby that dosen't keep me up at all, but this Damn bird will not stop from 12am-7am with a few breaks.....What can I do????????? please, i'm tired


Tired too    Posted 05-16-2007 at 10:10:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Last night- or should I say this morning, even with a fan & sound machine- the mocking bird who's new perch is the power poll outsdie my window- sang every freaking song it knowss as loud as possible from 3 am until 5 minutes after 7am- 5 minutes AFTER my alarm went off! My plan is to go get a laser pointer today & try and blind the little sucker at 3 am- at least in one eye & hopefully, it won't be able to land on the poll or oops- it flies into a window or something!If you have any more humane ideas- I am all ears- that is until I fall asleep at my desk! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!


Tricia Hackney    Posted 07-05-2007 at 06:59:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]



Dallas Girl    Posted 06-15-2005 at 23:12:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I live in Dallas, TX. When my brother, who is a hunter, lived here, I'd get him to shoot the night singing bird with a pellet gun. He's not here though, and another male mockingbird is back singing right now just outside my bedroom window! I've found a solution though. I put in ear plugs and also use a sound soother, which totally drowns out the love song of the lonely male mockingbird, haha. I'd try ear plugs alone, and if that doesn't work (probably won't on their own), I'd add a sound soother machine (Target, Sharper Image, etc). Tip: cut the earplugs in half so that they don't stick out of your ear and make noise when you toss and turn at night. Good luck to all of you dealing with a night singer! Hope you all find a solution as well!


TripKid    Posted 05-11-2006 at 09:32:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had one that was chirping for 6 months straight, every day from the crack of dawn till the sun went down. It was right infront of my windown and I worked from home. I went crazy. My advice, SHOOT IT! I don't like killing anything but it was the best thing I have done in years. My roommate and neighbors were all happy. I pulled out my old bb gun from when I was a kid and shot the dame thing. I thought I killed it the first time but it came back a couple days later. When it did I was sure I killed it. It fell and the neighbors cat had a play toy.


Haley    Posted 07-02-2004 at 12:58:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have annoying mocking birds in my back yard and they chirp all the time. Also, the swoop down at my cats.


L R    Posted 07-06-2004 at 05:54:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
The only thing I've used with any success is my pellet gun.
Scaring them won't work. I used to try to buzz them with a
pellet, but they just move for a minute and go right back to
squaking.
It may not be birdmane, but it is humane, as the resulting quiet
is so wonderful once the obnoxious critter passes. My neighbors
and their cats all thanked me for taking action.
There is no mockingbird shortage, they are not endangered, and
they will not be missed.
BTW, the ones who do not stay up all night and are relatively
quiet during the day, I leave alone. It is not killing just for
killing's sake.
Good luck.


Anne    Posted 07-09-2004 at 13:13:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Two or three mockingbirds are relentlessly squawking and attacking our cat and the neighbors' cat. They chase my husband and me and we can't get a moment's quiet. They are truly ruining the peace of our home. We've tried spraying w/water and using a blow gun w/hardened berries - which have a very good sting, but NOTHING works! PLEASE give us some advice on successfully using a pellet gun to kill/maime/remove these pests. We have no experience w/guns of any kind but we will follow whatever instructions you can offer. Just reading your posting gives us hope (you were successful in getting rid of them, weren't you?)


danielle    Posted 03-02-2004 at 14:24:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
There is a mockingbird in our neighborhood and it chirps from 9pm to 6 or 7am sometimes even later. I've thought of twenty ways to kill it or make it leave our neighborhood, but none of them are very humane. Please let me know the best way of getting rid of this horrible bird.


korla    Posted 05-04-2004 at 19:34:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Did you ever figure out how to get rid of your mockingbird? I have had one making incessant noise for about 2 months. I am exhausted. I need help. Thanks, Korla


lbconway    Posted 08-13-2003 at 20:02:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have so much trouble with these
birds....they are attacking me while I walk the
dog. I am so upset that we cannot be in our
yards and relax as usual. I love animal life,
but this is just plain upsurb!!!!!

Please give us a huminartian
approach....elsewise we will use a bb-gun.


Hitchcock    Posted 06-13-2003 at 09:21:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How do I get rid of the horrible bird?


Lauren    Posted 07-29-2003 at 10:44:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yeah, I live at my Texas home in the summer, and USUALLY I like to go OUTSIDE... well, these mockingbirds keep frikin attacking me everytime i go sunbathe or go on a walk. Today's survival method was splashing my drinking water on them. Those of you witht the same problem have already figured out that this DOES NOT WORK... any suggestions? (HELP.)


Nicole    Posted 05-29-2002 at 16:46:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am currently having Mocking bird troubles as well. Except I live in a city, the city of San Francisco to be exact. I'm not sure why a Mocking bird would want to live out here. But every night at 2 AM like clock work I can hear her/him sing until 7 AM. It's very loud and annoying. I can't sleep at all!

I can't seem to find where the nest is. Any other suggestions?


Marie    Posted 07-10-2002 at 19:38:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
we live near San Diego, and are dealing with
the same problem... a 1am to 5am annoying
visitor. After reading all of Frank's responses, I
still need help shooing him away at night.
Plllleeeeaaaassseee! Someone send a
solution our way! Thanks!


Phil    Posted 06-14-2004 at 02:07:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a pesky Mockingbird that starts up around 2am and goes all night. He hides and sings in a big bushy tree right off our padio and bedroom. I usually get a small ziplock baggy, fill it with water and throw it at where I think he's hiding. This usually scares him off or shuts him up until I get to sleep. Or sends him off to go bother someone else for the rest of the night. If I still lived in the country I would've just grabbed my shotgun and blasted in his general direction. I don't think he would be coming back the next night after that. I guess it explains why these little pests don't live in the country much as they would all get their tail feathers shot off after going on all night long. Farmers just don't got the tolerence for pesky animals. Back to my bird problems... these little buggers just don't learn. every night he'll be there again singing up a storm.... water baloons would work just as well.


Anne    Posted 07-09-2004 at 13:04:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We've tried the water. We've tried a blow-gun w/hardened berries as projectiles. Nothing helps and we simply can't live like this anymore. Our cat stays inside the house in fear, and my husband and I can't get one moment of peace or quiet. I really can't describe the constant noise and relentless attacks by the 2-3 mockingbirds in our backyard. And it's July so I truly doubt there is a nest at issue. When I read that you used to live in the country and have experience w/shotguns and the like, I had to write. PLEASE give me some advice on how to successfully shoot a pair of mockingbirds w/a pellet gun/rifle. My husband's friend will be lending us one, and my neighbors all say they're counting on us.


JCE    Posted 06-20-2002 at 19:47:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Our friend has returned to Concord after a vacation last year. His/Her schedule has expanded; 12:30 am on the dot! Tree is 25 feet from our patio door bedroom window! Rock throwing, light flashing, nothing scares them!

And I just learned that they are the state bird of Texas!


mark    Posted 06-26-2002 at 22:01:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]



J    Posted 02-25-2002 at 20:58:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Help! We live in Southern California and have
Mockingbirds in our back yard that keep us awake
most of the night. They continue their racket
into the wee hours of the morning...many times
waking up the whole household by 5:00am. PLEASE,
PLEASE, PLEASE, tell us what we can do to get rid
of them before we all go bonkers from lack of
sleep! Thank you


Cynthia Zamberlan    Posted 05-09-2003 at 10:14:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Help, I live in Boynton Beach, Florida. We have some Mocking birds and they won't go away, they keep us up all hours of the night. Please help..............


Angie    Posted 07-07-2004 at 12:27:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Did you ever figure out a way to get rid of your Mockingbirds? I have the same problem and end up going out in the backyard at 2 AM every night to shoo them away. It works for that night, but then they come back for the next night of torture.


Ray M41    Posted 05-06-2001 at 18:45:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
They are the state bird here in Texas. Even if they weren't I'd welcome them. Anything over grackles and sparrows. I have several in my yard and they are pretty agressive in protecting their stuff. I see them chasing off grackles twice their size. My wife gets annoyed though when they sing all night. I sleep soundly. I know that when a mockingbird sings at night there is no cats or possums prowling around. No dogs in the neighborhood turning over trash cans. And no burglers around.


Dreamweaver    Posted 05-06-2001 at 15:50:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Frank - I'm a real bird lover, and I was doing some reading up on the Mockingbird today. It says that they feed on insects and small animals that are hunted on lawns and their habit of raising their wings is a way to flush out their prey. The reason you have not seen any nests in trees is because the Mockingbird prefers to build a cup-like nest of twigs and leaves and gross lined with rootlets in a shrub or thicket, close to the ground. They are aggressive because of this, as they are subject and vulunerable to cats, dogs, and people. My book says that the attacks cease and they usually leave the area after the young have flown away. If you totally want to wipe them out, it says that you should keep your yard pristeen and free of debris or weeds, well manicured and keep out fertilizers, bug sprays, and weed killers.


done with him    Posted 03-22-2008 at 20:34:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have had enough of the past 2yrs. spraying the damn bird with the water hose at 3 in the mornining hoping he will go elswhere. I have also sprayed him anytime else during the day/night to help him find somewhere else to live. I am done! I am going to shoot him the first chance I get as I cannot function at my job and family life normally any longer.

I do not condone in kiling animals unless they are for food and then in the most humane way possible, so this is very difficult for me...we cannot continue with this bird any longer...he is history. This will be hard for me, but I have no choice any longer...wish me luck with a pure shot with my pellet gun. Good Night and Sleep Well.............


Dreamweaver    Posted 05-06-2001 at 15:56:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry - addendum - It says to PUT OUT those sprays. Also, it says that they are very territorial birds, but that a mockingbird defends a bush only as long as it had berries on it. They will fight to defend their food supply, and leave when it is depleted. If the bush the Mockingbird is guarding is invaded by flocks of ravenous birds, it gives up defense as futile. If there is a glut of fruit in the neighborhood with plenty for all, there is no point in wasting energy on defending a personal supply. For a mockingbird, it needs from 1/10 to 1 and 1/2 acre of land or "territory" to feed on. That's a mighty big plot for one puny little bird! I'd say get rid of the food supply or get rid of the next. Look a little lower Frank! Hope this helps.


M. Leonard    Posted 01-02-2008 at 07:42:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi...

I love feeding the birds and have out several feeders. Lately a Mockingbird has been keeping other birds (Cardinals, Finches, etc.)from getting to the feeders.

Is there ANYTHING that I can do to help out the little ones?

Margie


Ed Edelen    Posted 09-28-2002 at 13:07:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I live on the ocean in SC. We have a lot of Mockingbirds. What do they eat? I can not get them to come to a feeder with seed. Please advise.

Thank you, Ed


M Miller    Posted 08-23-2002 at 21:41:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would like to know what is the type of food the
mocking bird in Southern Calif feed on.
I tried worms but he got tired of it
Any suggestions? What types of seeds shall I get


Dreamweaver    Posted 05-06-2001 at 15:58:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dang, I can't spell today - I meant in that last sentence to say NEST, not NEXT. Sorry


Frank    Posted 05-10-2001 at 10:32:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the info everyone...I have in fact found the nest (with 4 speckled eggs) on the ground. Kind of surprised they leave it so close to the ground! How long til the babies hatch and get out of my yard? I want to enjoy this beautiful Georgia springtime weather OUTDOORS!!!! :)

Thanks again for all your help!
Frank


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