by pennifold 23 Nov 2017

Well, this ??> I think I told you previously he has been bashing into our windows across our back deck. We have plastic strips all over the back deck trying to stop him from flying in and attacking our windows, but to no avail. He has learned that he can fly straight through them without any trouble. We have been at our wits end trying to stop him.

So I've been onto our Insurance company this morning at 6.30am! (they have a 24 hour service thankfully) and they are organising a glazier to come out and if they can't repair it today at least board it up!!!!!!!!!!!

Once this bird, the female and their chick have left the nest, we have decided to cover the hole. We are just not prepared to put up with this anymore. Such a pity as we've had Kookaburras nesting in our gum tree for over 12 years.

I'll add some pictures of what we've done so far!!
1. Trevor had to put back the sheet (we did have this a couple of weeks ago, should have left it!!!)
2. Looking down the deck to the left hand side with window blind pulled down - you can see all the plastic straps we've put up.
3. Middle of back deck.
4. Far right hand side.
5. The culprit out in the back reserve - as soon as he heard me open the back door he flew off! He knows he's done wrong - as usually when I walk out the back and he's sitting on the chair, he just looks at me!
6. The Gum tree where the nest is - you can see how close it is to our back deck. We've actually had a tree Arborist come out and prune the tree. It's hundred's of years old!

You can also see a couple of owls on the back deck (plastic ones) they were absolutely useless. Trev's idea!!!!!! I was told by Bunning's (a hardware store here in Australia) to try SCAT which is on the back table - and I squirted it at the bird and he just blinked his eyes and flew off - hasn't deterred him one bit. AAAAGGGGHHHH!!!!

Thanks for letting me vent out my frustration. Love Chris


by babash 24 Nov 2017

The Kookaburra was probably defending his nest in his mind. He would have considered the Owls as a threat. The nest is very close to your deck so can see it as an ongoing problem.
One possible glass protection would be Crimsafe fly screens not just covering the part that opens but the complete glass section. It is rock hard but air gets through. I have it on a bedroom window and could throw a cricket ball and not break the window.
Maybe not a cheap solution but better than replacing glass.

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pennifold by pennifold 25 Nov 2017

Hi Barbara, yes, we have thought of all that but it would impede our view to our back reserve. He hasn't even gone near the owls and doesn't give a hoot about them (excuse the pun!)
Trevor said we will just cover the hole and hope that it doesn't come back next year. I think he's dreaming!!!
Love Chris

by dragonflyer 24 Nov 2017

So sorry to hear, is difficult to change these types of habits...and your windows are probably TOO CLEAN!!! Ha ha ha!!

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pennifold by pennifold 25 Nov 2017

Ha ha ha thanks Kim, well they are pretty good as Trev washes down the back quite frequently. Love Chris

by gerryvb 24 Nov 2017

I'm sorry these birds cause so much trouble for you and the neighbours, hope they will find a new place and everybody will be happy again....
I did love your stories and pictures of these birds.....

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pennifold by pennifold 25 Nov 2017

So are we Gerry. We're going to take down that stick that's poking out from the tree. The Kookaburra perches on it and launches at our glass panels full pelt. He may then just use another point to do this, but hopefully they will be leaving soon. Love Chris

by babash 23 Nov 2017

Why are the comments in huge writing?

jrob by jrob 24 Nov 2017

You've probably increased the percentage on your screen.

babash by babash 25 Nov 2017

No all other threads are normal just this one is wrong. Could it be the % entry in the start of the thread?

pennifold by pennifold 25 Nov 2017

Sorry Barbara, I don't have any trouble viewing this in my screen. I don't think the percentage mark has anything to do with it. I was thinking the same thing as Jerrilyn, you may have increased the size of the font on your screen. Love Chris

by liliana1 23 Nov 2017

Sorry to hear about the window my mum had kookaburras come and she hand fed them they would disappear for a few weeks then come back and tap on the window like they were saying I'm back

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Nov 2017

Hi Liliana, I've heard of people feeding, there is a lady down in our back reserve cul-de-sac who feeds them. We don't, so that's why it's been so frustrating. Love Chris

by sewist1 23 Nov 2017

Just curious. Do you have to pay an excess? I have a hole in a window which I haven't done anything about yet but was thinking it probably wouldn't be worth claiming on insurance because of the excess.

pennifold by pennifold 23 Nov 2017

Hi Sewist, we have an excess of $300, as it only came to $210 we didn't have to put a claim in. It's all fixed the guy came at lunchtime. Love Chris

sewist1 by sewist1 23 Nov 2017

That sounds a reasonable price. I thought for me it probably isn't worth putting it through the insurance company. Fortunately it is the smaller section of the large front window.

by sewtired 23 Nov 2017

My sympathies for all your frustrations. Naughty, naughty bird.

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Nov 2017

Thanks so much, yes, it's a very naughty bird. Love Chris

by graceandham 23 Nov 2017

Bad birdy, bad, bad birdy. So sorry Chris. Maybe Synod will cheer you up. We've so enjoyed your pictures of the kookaburras in the past.

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Nov 2017

Thanks Betsey, I certainly hope SYNOD will be a cheerful one. Most times it's a tad boring! I hope we can do something, but Trev is pretty adamant he wants to cover the hole. Love Chris

by shirley124 23 Nov 2017

Sorry to hear of your Kookaburra problems. They can be quite a nuisance especially if you have been feeding them I have been told. Sorry you will have to cover the hole. Sure hope you can get your window fixed. Hugs

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Nov 2017

Thanks Shirley, yes the guy came at lunchtime and it's all fixed. Only $210.00 so we didn't have to put in a claim as our excess is $300. We do not feed the Kookaburras, but we put seed out for the Parrots. Love Chris

by asterixsew Moderator 23 Nov 2017

Mm interesting. I have always enjoyed reading about the Kookaburras in your back garden each year. I have had minor problems with birds pecking the windows but the cats (paw marks) and the salt from the sea have always been deterrents and when birds have attacked the windows they have knocked themselves out. Sorry to hear of the problems that have happened this year

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Nov 2017

We kept thinking he was going to hurt himself, but those beaks are very strong. As he is so young maybe only 1 or 2 years old he's in his prime so to speak. Just hope he doesn't continue. We can hear the chick chirping away, so I don't think it'll be too long before it flies from the nest. Love Chris

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by CindyG edited 23 Nov 2017

It's a shame that you are going to cover the hole up. Could you put a shade cloth blind up in place of the plastic strips? He wouldn't be able to see his reflection through them. You could also try a bird of prey shape stuck to your window.

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Nov 2017

Thanks Cindy, yes I've seen that website. I was hoping that we could just keep him away for a while, but putting up the plastic straps and dark sheets were a temporary thing. I'm going to try and talk Trev around to not covering the hole, but our neighbour wants us to as well! Sometime last year we had a duck up there and the birds would swim in Steve and Vicki's (neighbours) pool and poo everywhere!!! So they don't want them back. Love Chris
P.S. I've got those bird silhouettes myself, so I'll try them out.

by Leaha 23 Nov 2017

Oh how awful for you. He/she/it must be very determined to do this kind of damage. I wonder whatever possessed to tackle this. So you think it might be a reflection? May you are infringing on his space ya think? Sorry for your misfortune.hugs leaha

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Nov 2017

Oh! he definitely thinks there is another bird in the reflection of the glass. It's quite common, but this bird has been over zealous! Hopefully the glazier can come out either today or tomorrow. Trev has the girls tomorrow (Ophelie and Delphi) till Amy gets back from an overnight stay with Steve in Sydney. Steve has to work tomorrow, so Amy will come here and take the girls off Trev.
I'm at SYNOD (the assembly of Clergy and Laity in the Anglican church) tomorrow all day to elect a new Bishop for Newcastle. There are about 200 members in the laity and about 80 Priests. It promises to be a good day. Love Chris