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    Angry Dang Birds Finally Got Me in the Arse

    I have been very lucky these fifteen or so years with this plane of not having any birds in the tail, well, that luck ran out this week. I really appreciated the metal belly under the tail now (it is where the battery used to be for amphib CG) for the clean out. Going to have to add plugs for the jackscrew holes... anybody have any special tricks for this?

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    The first clue...

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    Yay for metal belly in the rear
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    These ambitious (dumb) birds filled up the entire tail of the plane...
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    'Tis the season!

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    Close the door on the hangar
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    Perhaps they are smart Birds. They don't have to fly to their nest...their nest occasionally flies around.
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    Put a fake owl on a post in the hanger. One of those bobble head ones will work well. Use them in hangers and gardens here. I would be real cautious about making plugs for the jack screw area unless they are extremely noticable during a preflight.
    "There are 3 kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." Will Rogers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cub Special Ed View Post
    Put a fake owl on a post in the hanger. One of those bobble head ones will work well. Use them in hangers and gardens here. I would be real cautious about making plugs for the jack screw area unless they are extremely noticable during a preflight.
    Not having trim would not be the worst thing in the world. Regarding plastic owls, our birds are so dumb (or smart) they sit on top of them in all the hangars.

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    I put a fake owl on my prop when I had an open hangar. It wasn't long before it had bird poop all over it.

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    O.k. then. Forget I said anything. Fyi, it helps to move the owl once and a while to look real.
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    dang steve,thought ya said ya had a shotgun???

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    On my gas pump hose reel birds like to nest so I just put a rubber snake there and they don't come back. Maybe you could lay one on the horizontal stabilizer? Don't scare Cafi.

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    How about some poison milo. Works real well


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    Shotgun!
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    Fill fuel tanks---fly more often
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    I tried one of those electronic bird devices years ago, waste of money, didn't work at all. What has worked perfectly is a Wilson Bi Fold door.
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    Better be careful. That looks like habit right there.......
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    They don't usually build nests like that in actively flying airplanes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Pierce View Post
    They don't usually build nests like that in actively flying airplanes.
    Molly would be glad to help with that problem, she gets to KC Sunday...
    Remember, These are the Good old Days!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Pierce View Post
    They don't usually build nests like that in actively flying airplanes.
    Not all of us are wealthy airplane mechanics with lots of time on their hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post
    Not all of us are wealthy airplane mechanics with lots of time on their hands.

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    Pretty funny coming from you.
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    I had a Cirrus customer in NC several years ago complain of erratic oil temp. He'd been on an overnight trip and the plane sat outside for ONE DAY. In that one day, a bird built a massive nest between the rear baffle and the oil cooler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Delamarter View Post
    I had a Cirrus customer in NC several years ago complain of erratic oil temp. He'd been on an overnight trip and the plane sat outside for ONE DAY. In that one day, a bird built a massive nest between the rear baffle and the oil cooler.
    Quit giving SJ excuses Jon, he has at least three ready at all times anyway.
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    I was told a fake snake would work, put a coiled rattlesnake on top of the cowling.

    You guessed it, 3 days later nest was started inside the coiled snake.

    BINGO! at least it wasn't inside the cowling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flylowslow View Post
    Shotgun!

    Right....

    This would be SJ after we give him a shotgun to remedy the situation

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    12 yr old kid and a BB gun....or an Army CWO3, a case of beer and his trusty sergeant, and a pellet gun. That's how my brother dealt with hangar visitors as the building custodian at Ft Campbell.


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    Company hired a guy with a hawk one time to come get the birds out of the big hangars, hawk tried like heck but the little birds just out maneuvered him in the rafters.

    Wife was pissed about the sparrows building on my elk antlers above the garage door, I put up a small box house for them and problem solved, for now...

    I tried shooting all the rabbits out once, two weeks later twice as many moved in. Now I just throw them some scratch in the driveway in hopes of keeping them out of the flowers.

    Guess Im just getting soft!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyR View Post
    This would be SJ after we give him a shotgun to remedy the situation

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    Funny thing is that this would be SJ looking up at the still-alive bird, sneering at him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod180 View Post
    Funny thing is that this would be SJ looking up at the still-alive bird, sneering at him.
    Tough crowd!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post
    Tough crowd!

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    I think he stole Wilbur's beer...........that porch looks familiar.
    "Sometimes a Cigar is just a Cigar"
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    "Where's that wascally wabbit......"
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    I've been thinking a lot lately about an electric perch......a half inch dowell with bands of copper foil, alternatively connected with 450 volts from a bug zapper....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubdrvr View Post
    I think he stole Wilbur's beer...........that porch looks familiar.
    I think the whole picture was staged as I recall....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post
    I think the whole picture was staged as I recall....

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    SJ, as some of us used to say about Woodstock, if you remember THAT you WEREN'T there.... I have an alibi, and DEFinitely wasn't there....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post
    I think the whole picture was staged as I recall....

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    Had to be, none of the hunters around here would drink that high priced beer.

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