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NickD
NickD PowerDork
5/9/19 11:16 a.m.
ebonyandivory said:
thedoc said:

... the heck with the Audubon club!

Plus they’re in Germany!

 

This comment is criminally underrated

Rodan
Rodan HalfDork
5/9/19 11:18 a.m.
1988RedT2 said:

If you drive a beat up old POS, two things:

1. Birds don't crap on it.

2. You don't care if they do.

My Bronco probably qualifies as an 'old POS'... at least the paint is pretty far gone, and I don't really care about it (the paint).  It still pisses me off when birds crap all over the mirrors, doors and windows. 

thedoc
thedoc Reader
5/9/19 11:49 a.m.

I'm trying to get my 91 mustang farm car on the road.  That has some nice "patina", but I don't want bird crap on it either.  I have babied the paint on this mustang, but that's about it.  Come to think of it, I have always babied the paint and not tried to add new dents to whatever I was driving.

I think I picked this grey for my mustang because I drove so many primer grey cars I just got used to it.  Once I saw a plane that was the coolest grey color.  I asked the pilot what color it was.  He told me he couldn't choose a color so he just had clear put over the primer.  So, if I ever sticker my car, it will have black stickers like his plane did.

I get it, it is nice to not have to worry.  I also get enjoyment out of people being amazed that my car looks this good for an 06.  Like most of the things on these forums, birds crapping on my car is beyond a first world problem!

Daylan C
Daylan C UltraDork
5/9/19 11:53 a.m.

The grey on your Mustang is a good grey. The '06 GT I looked at buying was the same grey. (I think I've noticed most of the S197s on this forum are that color actually)

thedoc
thedoc Reader
5/9/19 12:25 p.m.

I like the purple hue it has.  It also doesn't show a lot of dirt, but does show white bird crap....

wspohn
wspohn Dork
5/11/19 12:46 p.m.

Assume that you guys have seen this clip.....

 

Dr. Hess
Dr. Hess MegaDork
5/11/19 1:58 p.m.

From Dennis' 2016 calendar:

 

thedoc
thedoc Reader
5/11/19 2:51 p.m.

In reply to wspohn :

Man, I'd love that option!

thedoc
thedoc Reader
5/11/19 2:54 p.m.

Sit Rep:  The first day of the "eye ball" went great.  It totally left the car alone.  Second day it went back to the drivers side mirror, not as much but it went there.  The only difference was the eye ball was lower on the car.  It was raining when I arrived at the office, so I didn't take as much time putting it on the antenna, so the knot wasn't as tight.

I'll see how the battle goes on Monday...

noddaz
noddaz SuperDork
5/11/19 5:50 p.m.

Ford Sportka.  That is what a 2 door Focus HB must look like.  

pimpm3
pimpm3 SuperDork
5/11/19 7:36 p.m.

This is of interest to me.  Yesterday a pelican, a condor or maybe a pterodactyl of some sort destroyed my wife's Armada.  We literally could not see out of the windshield.  I had to scrub it with quite a bit of pressure to clean it off.

Damn bird...

BlindPirate
BlindPirate Reader
5/11/19 8:04 p.m.
68TR250 said:

Are they cardinals?  They are very territorial and when they see their reflection they will perch nearby ( on the mirrors ) and try to fight their reflection.

I put a trash bag over the window and mirror and that alleviated the problem.

Two springs ago we had a cardinal at work beating up our mirrors for a few weeks. He scratched up a few trucks. We were trying to come up with a solution but he eventually went away

gencollon
gencollon New Reader
5/11/19 11:55 p.m.

You could try being nice to the birds. Perhaps they are scared of you, dislike you, and know which car is yours?

thedoc
thedoc Reader
5/21/19 6:20 p.m.

Here is the current situation.  They don't go near the side of the car with the scarecrow balloon on the antenna, but after a few days they started going to the drives side mirror.  The internet said to use a small plastic dinosaur.    I did and so far, no birds.  I do get the craziest looks from people driving and walking by.  But not bird crap on my car either.

drsmooth
drsmooth HalfDork
5/22/19 10:57 a.m.
gencollon said:

You could try being nice to the birds. Perhaps they are scared of you, dislike you, and know which car is yours?

If it is a Crow or Raven that could really be the case. Crow Study

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
5/22/19 1:54 p.m.

I was driving to a job yesterday and there was a absolute fantastic looking F430 sitting out front of a detail shop. Silver convertible with yellow calipers. It was perfect. Today as I drove by it was sitting in the exact same place but it looked like 100 seagulls had been sitting on the power lines above it and unloaded. It was a nasty mess. 

Made me think of this thread. 

Apexcarver
Apexcarver UltimaDork
5/22/19 3:56 p.m.
Dr. Hess said:

From Dennis' 2016 calendar:

 

I would refute that statement. Not only has my moving car been hit, but one managed to get it through the drivers window to hit my arm while in a moving vehicle. 

In a bit of poetic justice, later that weekend I hit and killed a bird during an autocross run.

 

Rodan
Rodan HalfDork
5/22/19 6:49 p.m.

In reply to Apexcarver :

I interpreted that pic as: a moving one has never been hit, because a moving Europa is such a rare thing... cheeky

gencollon
gencollon New Reader
5/22/19 7:01 p.m.

In reply to drsmooth :

Yeah! cool stuff. There are a lot of smart birds out there:

Corvidae is a cosmopolitan family of oscine passerine birds that contains the crowsravensrooksjackdawsjaysmagpiestreepieschoughs, and nutcrackers.[1][2][3] In common English, they are known as the crow family, or, more technically, corvids. Over 120 species are described. The genus Corvus, including the jackdaws, crows, rooks, and ravens, makes up over a third of the entire family.

Corvids display remarkable intelligence for animals of their size and are among the most intelligent birds thus far studied.[4] Specifically, members of the family have demonstrated self-awareness in mirror tests (European magpies) and tool-making ability (e.g., crows and rooks[5]), skills which until recently were thought to be possessed only by humans and a few other higher mammals. Their total brain-to-body mass ratio is equal to that of non-human great apes and cetaceans, and only slightly lower than that of humans.[6]

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