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susie

Nuclear Starlings Get The Elbow.

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?
mrsbradey

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
susie

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.
susie

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.
Jax

Game on, round one to the Starlings
susie

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
Jax

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!!!!!!
susie

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.
Haggis Muncher

[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?
RagnarRocks

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.
orkneycadian

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

Ha  Very Happy
ducati

orkneycadian wrote:
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!
orkneycadian

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.
susie

Hear, hear to that wonderful speech!
ducati

Every job has it's challenges. If you can't do yours without exterminating the competition, try something else  Rolling Eyes
susie

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.
RagnarRocks

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 ?
mrsbradey

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 ?


"Vorsprung duch technik" as they say in bird talk!!
susie

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.
mrsbradey

susie wrote:
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.


Every morning when we feed our chucks, the sparrows always come and get their share, they even seem to push the hens aside, and they let them!!

Oh, and I wouldn't shit on his car either, or anything else of his!! Shocked
susie

When I let my chuckies out in the morning a huge flock of sparrows appears like magic and they follow the hens about picking up stray bits of corn. At the other end of the day, at shut up time, a small flock of about 50 sparrows gathers on the barn roof ready to accompany me and Sal back to the house, they fly in front and behind as we walk home and wait outside the door whilst I get a dish of feed. I put the hens in the hut with their feed and then tidy stuff up a bit then feed those cheeky sparrows. I can tell most of them apart now. Many were born under the tiles on our roof and I've been watching them growing up all year. A dozen are super friendly and one or two come in the house door and look around a bit. Sal doesn't mind them, but she won't let the blackbird in!
The year before last, during summer, I came home to find a partially built swallow's nest on the electric meter above the door on the inside! I always leave the door open when it's not blowing a howling gale but I can't have a nest in the house! It's the one and only time I've shifted a bird's nest. The swallows sat on the washing line for a few days wondering what had happened. I had to hang a bugblind up to stop them off.
RagnarRocks

I have a tendency to let the birds do their own thang, when I moved here there where no birdies around my house, now there are loads. The workshops have nests in again and I have a flock of atarlings comes and pinches all the chook food. Nicest part for me is the collared doves started off with one now I've got about 10 come along.
mrsbradey

Aye the wee birds are fun to watch, just the starlings are really messy on the house roof. Also very destructive when nesting, in early summer it seems there was many vehicle fires atributed to nesting birds!!

But the shit washes off, and we should checkout our vehicles at that time of year before starting them. We had a tractor out of action for a while, until chicks hatched!
susie

I make nest-starter homes, for the wrens, out of willows. We put them high up in the new sheds so that the wren boys can get busy building for the girlies. During winter the wrens in the steading all crowd into one old nest to keep warm. When we go to feed the cows they wake up and start coming out, it's like a joke because you could nearly lose count. We had 10 in the same box one winter when it was very cold. Get lots of robins nesting between hay bales too. Plus the ubiquitous blackbirds, sprogs and starlings. Starlings are great if you want to watch a wrestling match  they fall out and roll around all over locked together. Who needs telly?
mrsbradey

I was working out at reay yesterday, and there was a lot of shooting going on, were you taking pot shots at the birds susie?

Or wre you engaged in a shhotout with your plastic (bunny bashing) bobbies?
susie

'Twer'n't me Ada. Them there plastic bobbies was flying their little red flag and flashing their little orange light and lying down in the all new bangsy wangsy range shooting themselves into a frenzy. Glad you heard it, it's nice to share.

Have they changed their day in Reay?

I thought it was Tuesdays when they entertain slags and harlots.

Cor! I wish they would keep us informed.
Classy-Chique

The hawk wont last long in its new buzzy environment whilst the starlings have been unwittingly selectively bred to do well on their radioactive perches. Hope the hawk dosent eat any of them then go home with its keeper to infect their family  Shocked

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