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Meadowlark on the roof
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Clover Honey    Posted 06-14-2001 at 15:28:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Everybody! Got a question:

We got a meadowlark (or probably several of them) that likes to perch on the highest peak of our metal snow roof and sing his little heart out. Only problem is, he also uses the roof for his latrine! It's starting to look pretty nasty. We don't have any trees real close to the house, just open pasture with some big sagebrush, so I guess the roof is the primo perch.

Now, we don't necessarily want to get rid of the 'larks...they got a real pretty song. Any ideas?



Larry    Posted 06-16-2001 at 19:10:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I just thought of something tat might help you out with your problem. At the University where I work,we have problems with birds getting on window sills,and pooping all over the side of the buildings. What we do to keep the birds off the sills is place a row of clear plastic spikes on the sills. I think they are called"Birds Away". I know we buy them some where,but can't remember where. If this Lark is perching on the peak of your roof this might solve your problem. If you are interested in this idea I could find out where we get these,and let you know. Send me a e-mail if you are.


Alvin-Va    Posted 06-15-2001 at 04:40:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Really got a nasty problem there,if the other posts don,t work I have one other suggestion.The news carried a story while back bout a couple that had 'invented' diapers for birds,were trying to get free advertising from the twits on the local news channel.Who says we don't lead an exciting life here in the sticks,right on the cutting edge,American ingenuity at it's finest.This is true,ain't smart enought to make this up,seems ole polly likes to fly around around the room,but they want to stop her from crapping the curtins. At this point I would like to make it very clear,'These people ain't from round hear'.Let me know if you need their assistance,possibly they can develop an outdoor version.Personally I feel that with the trouble of catching the birds,setting up a changing schedule,etc. it just ain't worth it, but what do I know,most of my creative power is used on less lofty pursuits,like building better frog gigs.Good luck in solving yo sticky problem,let me know if you need me to find there peoples address.


Clover Honey    Posted 06-15-2001 at 08:51:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, you guys are a lot of help!

It's true, tho...we ARE glad to have the 'larks around. Unfortunately, it don't rain much here...or, actually, it sprinkles for about 15 minutes every other day, and that's it. Just enough to mess up your windows.

Oh well, it's not really a problem...just wondered if there was anything I could do about it.

BTW, I used to work for a vet, and I thought I'd seen everything people did to their animals...till now. Pet bird diapers, give me a break! Hee Hee. My personal favorite was the lady who painted her MALE Boxer dog's toenails with blue glittery nail polish - all 4 paws! Poor dog. (Yep, that was in the city).

Thanks.


Clover Honey    Posted 06-15-2001 at 11:09:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is, it USUALLY don't rain much here (WY). We just about drowned this week, and had some snow to boot!

I can see that my roof's pretty clean, now that the snow melted off.


IHank    Posted 06-15-2001 at 11:22:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Clover Honey- OK, now you got the idea, about the need for rain to wash the stuff off.

Take that idea and turn it into a common garden sprinkler hose fastened down right on the ridge of the roof. Connect the sprinkler hose with a common garden hose, that's connected to a presurized water source.

Whenever the accumulation seems excessive create a rain storm concentrated on your roof by turning on the hose. Capture the run off in a rain barrel and use it to water your garden and flower beds. From there you got an option to bottle it and sell it to the city slickers as a miracle garden growing product.

Them birds might like the soft sprinkler hose better than having to perch on metal. Grins, IHank


Clover Honey    Posted 06-16-2001 at 19:16:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dang it, you guys already figured out I'm gullible as a cross-eyed sheep! Everyone here at home knows that, but I was hopin' to keep that a secret from you all a while longer.

Hank, you almost had me climbin up the roof to mount that sprinkler. But about halfway up, I got to thinkin that meadowlark poop looks a whole lot better than a lawn sprinkler mounted on the roof.

You otta be ashamed of yourself...I coulda broke my neck up there! Hee hee.
CH



IHank    Posted 06-17-2001 at 03:51:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Clover Honey- Just do whatever works and remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Mebbie give some more thought to the rain barrel angle on this? Grins and get your hubby to do the ladder climbing, IHank


TomH    Posted 06-14-2001 at 18:41:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This reminds me of an answer Ann Landers gave someone once; Honey, if that's what you consider a problem, be very thankful for how good you have it.

Also, pray for rain. Doesn't sound like permanent damage to me.


Larry    Posted 06-14-2001 at 18:29:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Keep listening to their singing,and pray for rain.


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