“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

How to Frighten Birds
Thursday, July 23, 2009

I'm visiting my mom and dad in my hometown in Eastern Colorado, where there seems to be a big problem with an infestation of crows. There are millions of them, perched in the big trees across town, and, unfortunately, in the tree that canopies my parents' patio.

Can you say "Lots of bird feathers and poop every morning?"

My mom said, "I've got to get the tree trimmer to put my snakes in the tree, and I won't have this problem."

Yep, she ties wooden, flexible snakes (like something you'd buy at World Market) in the tree, and they move about in the wind, and they actually keep the birds away. No kidding. The old ones have been whittled away by the squirrels and need replaced.

But until then, my mom will be out there, standing in the evening with a pan and a wooden spoon, banging it to frighten them ... banging it for TEN MINUTES! And, in a sign of true love, my dad takes his turn.

A neighbor came over and asked, "Are you calling us to dinner, Joy?"


Anonymous Leah said...

We have suddenly this year been beseiged by crows also. Not to the extent your parents are suffering, but it's odd nonetheless. All over Atlanta there are crows here and there, where previously I had never seen a one. Do you think they are preparing for (gulp) an invasion?

July 26, 2009 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

I wonder if we need to check the Farmer's Almanac. Anyone?

July 26, 2009 at 6:07 PM  

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