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A Great Investment
on November 20, 2015
Oscar is five months old today. He sits patiently atop a "T" post scanning the horizon for something although I'm not sure what. It's time for him to hibernate in the yard barn for the winter as the birds he so fearlessly protected my garden from have all gone south.
Even with the sun low in the nearly winter sky he still turns his head from time to time. Perhaps a quarter tern every minute or two. Back in June when he was young and foolish he would sometimes spin his head at a rather alarming rate. The robins thought this was hilarious and started to openly mock him so he eventually got over that.
He performs best when he has an audience. Some ladies from my wife's book club were discussing, from a safe distance, whether Oscar was a live owl or stuffed. As the disagreement reached a near fever pitch Oscar spun his head half way around. Fortunately when Oscar's huge reflective yellow eyes turned in their direction only one of them wet her pants.
But does he really deter birds? The robins laughed out loud when they saw him and continued to perch on the cucumber trellis as well as on my tomato cages. Barn swallows were building a nest directly over the front door and in fact on the motion sensor that lets us know when the mailman, etc. arrives were a much bigger problem. They may have stayed away for a day.
So as a bird deterrent Oscar was not a top performer. He has been and continues to be a great companion and source of amusement that should last for many years as he's very well constructed.
If you want to keep flying critters away, the holographic reflective tape is far more effective. A couple pieces strung across the trellis and cages kept everything out of the garden. A couple pieces weighted with a short piece of coat hanger wire and hung vertically kept the barn swallows away from the front door. The tape is inexpensive so you'll have money left to buy your own owl. You can name it whatever you want a long as he's OK with it.