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May 23, 2024 - 8:56:36 AM
1028 posts since 2/11/2019

We are not particularly bird lovers. No feeders, bird houses or bird baths on our property. For some reason this spring these house finches are trying to nest in the covered part of our back deck. Daily for the past month plus I go out there and take the nest down. DAILY! And the mess that goes with it.

I put up a wind chime hoping it would deter them. I do have a couple BB guns but prefer not to go that route even though it would be very easy and effective. On one hand I admire their persistence, but on the other, I see where the phrase "bird brain" comes from. Any tips on how to make them go away? It's not like we don't have plenty of trees around.

May 23, 2024 - 9:12:34 AM
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RioStat

USA

6299 posts since 10/12/2009

They don't want trees....why do you think they're called "house finches" ? angel

May 23, 2024 - 11:06:41 AM
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latigo1

USA

759 posts since 1/28/2011

I had the same trouble with swallows. I went on line and found a couple of pictures of the meanest looking cats faces I could find, with open mouths and lots of teeth, and printed them out life size and color and thumb tacked them to the area where the birds were trying to nest. The swallows have not been back.

May 23, 2024 - 11:23 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

30200 posts since 8/3/2003

We had birds making nests underneath our motorport between the upright poles and the metal roof where there was a small ledge. Dave got up there and put some screen wire around where they couldn't build a nest. Worked great. Don't know if that would work for your deck or not, but it's something you might think about.

May 23, 2024 - 3:03:35 PM
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12768 posts since 8/22/2006

I guess I’m on the opposite of the spectrum. We encourage birds. We have had house wrens for a long time build nest and raise two broods a year. They help with insect control. My wife bought a Martin house and set it outside on the front porch with intent to take it to our lake house. The wren thought it was for her and sure enough the little squatter moved right in. That Martin house will stay where it is until the little ones leave. I’ll be sad to see my grandbirds leave.

May 23, 2024 - 4:09:37 PM

1028 posts since 2/11/2019

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Originally posted by 5B-Ranch

I guess I’m on the opposite of the spectrum. We encourage birds. We have had house wrens for a long time build nest and raise two broods a year. They help with insect control. My wife bought a Martin house and set it outside on the front porch with intent to take it to our lake house. The wren thought it was for her and sure enough the little squatter moved right in. That Martin house will stay where it is until the little ones leave. I’ll be sad to see my grandbirds leave.


I mean I don't hate them, hence no deployment of BB gun but I think they should be enjoyed from afar.  My real gripe is the bird s*** on my furniture etc.  I kinda like the mean cat face idea.  Might put on some music out there too.

May 25, 2024 - 5:53:42 AM

mander

USA

5161 posts since 10/7/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Mad Hornet

We are not particularly bird lovers. No feeders, bird houses or bird baths on our property. For some reason this spring these house finches are trying to nest in the covered part of our back deck. Daily for the past month plus I go out there and take the nest down. DAILY! And the mess that goes with it.

I put up a wind chime hoping it would deter them. I do have a couple BB guns but prefer not to go that route even though it would be very easy and effective. On one hand I admire their persistence, but on the other, I see where the phrase "bird brain" comes from. Any tips on how to make them go away? It's not like we don't have plenty of trees around.


My father got a bb gun to "pepper" the woodpecker that was drilling on the side of the house. My mother, who had a relative die from a gun shot wound, ever fearful, pleaded with him to leave the bird alone. To prove to my mother that the gun was harmless and had no 'umph' he pointed the gun at the sliding glass door and shot. To his horror, it left a bb size hole in the glass, but otherwise the door looked fine. A month later, ten year old me was talking to a friend, and forgetting the hole, leaned on the glass and fell through. He was an hour cleaning my cuts. He never used his bb gun again. 

I am sure your aim would be better, but still...

Yesterday, while attempting to shop in the garden section of Home Depot, I was attacked by a brewer's blackbird, assuming-ly because he/she/it/they/we was guarding a nest. I don't know about house finches, but I do know you don't want to cross any member of the crow family. They remember. And they teach their children's children's children to hate and despise you. You will be forevermore taunted by crows.  

  

May 25, 2024 - 6:03:28 AM

cevant

USA

398 posts since 2/5/2020

Buy one of the motion activated Sprinklers to keep the birds away. They work. Critter Ridder from Havahart (Amazon) is one type. I set mine up on a ten foot long 2” pvc pipe to get it up higher to keep woodpeckers and swallows off the house.  House finches can be especially messy.  Works on visiting relatives too.

https://www.havahart.com/critter-ridder-motion-activated-animal-repellent-sprinkler-5277

Edited by - cevant on 05/25/2024 06:07:59

May 25, 2024 - 6:27:27 AM

8578 posts since 9/5/2006

get one of those fake owls and nail it to the porch rail ,,that might do it

May 25, 2024 - 7:51:44 AM

Owen

Canada

15162 posts since 6/5/2011

It seems as though house finches still aren't residents (?) of beautiful west-central Man-ee-toe-bah.     https://www.birdatlas.mb.ca/accounts/speciesaccount.jsp?sp=HOFI&lang=en   I frequently observe that, "Retirement has its benefits."  ..... might dealing with pesky (?) birds be added to the list?

Edited by - Owen on 05/25/2024 07:53:41

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