How this scarer works for Roosting Birds. The Hawk Bird Scarer is a plastic replica of a real hovering Goshawk. The Goshawk hovers before striking its prey. This is why a replica, mounted, is so effective.
The Hawk Bird Scarer can not only reproduce the shape but also its mode of action and flight pattern. A Goshawk has one other important characteristic in scaring birds. It will attack birds that are flying, roosting or feeding on the ground. Other birds of prey such as the Falcon may be more aggressive but will only attack birds flying.
THE HAWK BIRD SCARER is a replica of a hovering hawk. Is purely a visual scarer which needs to be clearly seen to be effective. In most cases it needs to be erected above the problem birds. This replicates the real hawk’s normal method of aggression.
Roosting Birds are the easiest birds to control or scare to another location. Most birds roost in a particular location out of habit. As with other animals these habits can be changed. Make your birds roost elsewhere. A great deal of information has been collected to vindicate this. You may find your problem roosting birds in one of the following situations:
Birds Roosting on Rooves
If your situation is one where problem birds roost on a roof usually the culprit is the Swallow. They love to sun and preen themselves while sitting on a roof. As they are not toilet trained this goes on the roof too. Still, better there, than on your head! However, as with seagulls, pigeons are easy scare. It’s only habit that they roost on your roof. Change their habit for a few weeks and they will not return. You may find it impractical to suspend a Hawk Bird Scarer on strong fishing line 45Kg plus above your roof. If so, spike the hawk on a pipe and erect above the roosting area. Drill out the round “plug” found in the middle of the reinforcing rib to the size of the bolt. Bolt the hawk to a 6-metre length piece of pipe (as per T.V. antenna installation diagram on brochure) and fix to a high point above the bird problem area e.g. chimney, vent pipe, T.V. antenna etc. You will find curtain rod, steel pipe, copper pipe or aluminium tube suitable. Simply flatten out one end, drill hole to the size of the bolt to be used, bend at 90 degrees to the pipe and bolt hawk on.
A Hawk Bird Scarer fixed in this method is not as effective at scaring birds as if suspended on fishing line. However, as roosting birds are easily deterred good results will be obtained. Singleton Shire Council had hundreds of pigeons roosting on an old council building roof. One Hawk Bird Scarer spiked on a length of water pipe scared them across the road onto a pub roof. Fourteen months later the Hawk Bird Scarer blew down. The pigeons still roost on the pub roof. Why? Because they are birds of habit.
Birds Roosting Inside Buildings
Swallows, Starlings, Sparrows and Swallows are the most common birds found roosting inside sheds, barns, warehouses and factories. If your building is such that birds can enter at many points too numerous to locate scaring devices outside, then move them inside. For birds roosting in a shed or building simply suspend the device from 3 lines so the hawk is hovering above the roosting area inside the building.
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE
Prevent Birds Entering Building
In cases where birds are entering at one or two points, e.g. doorways, suspend your Hawk Bird Scarer above the doorway on 3 lines (as for Balcony). Birds will not fly under the hawk. If birds are entering after dark, it may be necessary to flood light your hawk. The Melbourne Transport Authority, Tramways Division, had problems with birds in their tram sheds. Starlings and Swallows entering through open tram doorways. Suspending the Hawk Bird Scarer above the doorway worked for a few days. After that the birds waited till dark and then flew in. The birds could not see the hawk at night. The Transport Authority flood lit the hawk at night.
Result: NO MORE BIRDS – PROBLEM SOLVED.