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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 5:20 pm    Post subject: Nuclear Starlings Get The Elbow.  Reply with quote

If you know any starlings you'd better tell them to keep away from Dounreay next week. They're taking in a hawk to tell the starlings to bugger off cos they're crapping in all the important places on site. You know places like emergency escapes and building ventilation points. Apparently the site is home to 'several thousand European Starlings' that all sit around crapping at the end of the day. DSRL refers to this as guano!!!!!
So they're shifting them next week with the hawk and some other amazing jelly thing to ensure the starlings 'leave their preferred roost area' and ' seek more comfortable roosting sites elsewhere' , in other words anyone who lives around Dounreay are going to get hundreds of extra starlings shitting and sitting on houses, sheds and farm buildings. What if we all got a bloody hawk? Bastards.
Of course they say they will monitor the 'possible displacement' of said birds to other spots at or near Dounreay. Bloody hell, where do they think the birds are going to go?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You will need to get out there with your shotgun and scare them off! Assuming they haven't suspended your lisence due to some mad tosser shooting his family recently!! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mrsbradey wrote:
You will need to get out there with your shotgun and scare them off! Assuming they haven't suspended your lisence due to some mad tosser shooting his family recently!! Rolling Eyes

Yes, I think that may be the answer.
We're still armed round here, no recent family shootings.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So. We had extra starlings settling at dusk last night. Shot across their bows at the edge of dark sent them straight back to Dounreay where they belong.
I can only hope they did a few extra craps each whilst they were roosting to really piss off the people on site who care about such things.  Game on.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Game on, round one to the Starlings
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jax wrote:
Game on, round one to the Starlings

Yup, I think I'll start feeding them during the day. It will keep their peckers up and fill up their bowels for later.
We have so many buzzards and kestrels here that I don't think a manky, tame hawk will put the frighteners on them at Dounreay. It's all in a day's crapping and flapping to the darling starlings
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

susie wrote:
Jax wrote:
Game on, round one to the Starlings

Yup, I think I'll start feeding them during the day. It will keep their peckers up and fill up their bowels for later.
We have so many buzzards and kestrels here that I don't think a manky, tame hawk will put the frighteners on them at Dounreay. It's all in a day's crapping and flapping to the darling starlings


I bet some intellectual muppet came up with the hair brained theory, thinking that just because a Hawk in a town will take out pigeons that it may work, I doubt flocking Starling would bother as safety in mass numbers.

Come on the starlings!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was looking round our steading just as it was coming dark and I reckon we have less this evening than usual. I'm hoping all our ones have gone down to Dounreay as well. That would be funny.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="susie:5121"We're still armed round here, no recent family shootings.[/quote]

not really time of the year for weddings though is it?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haggis Muncher wrote:
[quote="susie:5121"We're still armed round here, no recent family shootings.


not really time of the year for weddings though is it?[/quote]

Probably because most of the close family relatives are busy on the rob for Xmas.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remind me again why Starlings are not on the General Licence in Scotland?  Oh yes, thats right.  SNH.....  scratch
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Remind me again why Starlings are not on the General Licence in Scotland?  Oh yes, thats right.  SNH.....  scratch


What? Something you are not allowed to kill? For shame!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its not a case of "something to kill", but a case of something that needs controlled, but cannot be.

The Northern Irish are a bit more on the ball, and recognise that Starlings have the potential to be highly problematic to farmers and landowners, and as such, permit steps to be taken to control them in certain circumstances - A general licence is not a carte blanche permission for Tom, Dick or Harry to go off starling shooting, but allows control in certain circumstances.  In Scotland, that control is not permitted.

Its the same with the greylag geese.  Orkney is completely over-run with them to plague like levels, but yet, SNH don't permit them to be controlled under a general licence - They can only be controlled in the open season, and in the closed season with a very restrictive area specific licence.

Because it doesn't affect the average householder, they are blissfully unaware of the situation, as long as they can still buy chicken fillets off the shelves in Tesco.  But yet, that same consumer is happy to exterminate all sorts of other biodiversity that doesn't suit them, without question, whether that be germs, midges, flies, mice, rats etc.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hear, hear to that wonderful speech!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Every job has it's challenges. If you can't do yours without exterminating the competition, try something else  Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We allow some starlings into the old stone steading, they like to nest in holes in the wall tops just under the eaves. They do very well and take 2 or 3 separate lots of young uns off the nests each year. In return they keep our leatherjacket population down. The worst thing starlings do is carry sacs of chick shit out of the nest when they have young uns on the go. They drop these sacs on everything and everywhere.
We would never banish them all as they are all part of the grand scheme, but I'm not having anyone else's, just because they don't like them crapping on the railings.
We also host dozens and dozens of sparrows all year round. I feed em and they are almost like pets. We don't scare our birds off.
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Loads of starling around my house as wel I encourage them as they shite all over my neighbours Audi and it eats the paint. I think nature is wonderful especially all the wee birdies funny thing is they rarely shite on my car do you think they understand the plan by any chance ?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Loads of starling around my house as wel I encourage them as they shite all over my neighbours Audi and it eats the paint. I think nature is wonderful especially all the wee birdies funny thing is they rarely shite on my car do you think they understand the plan by any chance ?


"Vorsprung duch technik" as they say in bird talk!!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RagnarRocks wrote:
Loads of starling around my house as wel I encourage them as they shite all over my neighbours Audi and it eats the paint. I think nature is wonderful especially all the wee birdies funny thing is they rarely shite on my car do you think they understand the plan by any chance ?

Well I wouldn't shite on your car either MrRR.
I am convinced that those sweet birdies understand when they are onto a good thing, they is very clever when receiving special treatment. I talk to 'my' small flock of sparrows and they talk back to me, yes isn't it wonderful. Just this very evening when I came back to the house they were waiting in the hedge and one of 'em goes," here she is with that daft dog, let's hope she's got some seeds in with that dry-bag oats she's been giving us all week".
Aye they're a cocky bunch all right.

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