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Old 04-19-2005, 08:55 AM   #1
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Feathered Airstream Fan / Bandit

It seems I have a “Peeping Tom”. Actually, more like a “Pecking Tom”.

This is day 2 of a strange assault on my Airstream. Yesterday I noticed a quirky little nuthatch spending time on the trees near my Safari. While sitting outside reading I kept hearing a rap, rap, rap. Finally I made my way around to the side of my trailer to investigate. Hanging off of the window of my beloved trailer was this nuthatch….pecking on my window and on the aluminum!

This is the strangest question I’ve posted to the forums, but I’ve got to know what gives? I’ve checked the windows. No bugs, no nesting materials, nothing of interest to a bird. But once again this little bird was out there this morning pecking away on my Airstream window. He’s out there right now!!!

I’ve attached the photo of this little “Airstream want to be”. One shot of the offender assaulting the window, and one of the bird planning the next attack. Took these photos only 10 minutes ago!

Don’t get me wrong, I love all my birds around the house. But has anyone every found one pecking away on a trailer before??? Any suggestions on how to discourage a feather clad Airstream fan?
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Old 04-19-2005, 09:13 AM   #2
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He's probably fighting with a "rival" who happens to be his reflection in the glass. This is mating season, and once nesting happens, he should calm down. We have mockingbirds and orioles beating their little beaks on our upstairs windows.

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I agree. I've seen them do it to my basement windows. its dark in there most of the time, so the glass is more reflective. maybe you could put some white posterboard or something inside the windows to lighten them up and make them less reflective?

now, the shiny alluminum....no ideas for that one....
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Cool He really wants in!

Well, I think both responses are right. The bird probably is fighting with himself in the window reflection. He's also very bold. Not very afraid of me shooing him off. The bird pops right over to a birch and yells at me until I move away.

Odd though. He was just on the roof of the Airstream moments ago pecking away near my TV antenna.
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Old 04-19-2005, 01:35 PM   #5
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Well, I think both responses are right. The bird probably is fighting with himself in the window reflection. He's also very bold. Not very afraid of me shooing him off. The bird pops right over to a birch and yells at me until I move away.

Odd though. He was just on the roof of the Airstream moments ago pecking away near my TV antenna.
There must be something more that goes on here than fighting a reflection. I had a red-headed woodpecker hammer the daylights out of an (rather dull) aluminum roof vent last spring. I could easily see a determined bird doing significant damage.

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Had the same problem with a woodpecker last year on a house window. One solid week he pecked on the window and then one day he was gone. Hasn't happened since. Who knows what gets into our feathered friends. Good luck! Early
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But has anyone every found one pecking away on a trailer before??? Any suggestions on how to discourage a feather clad Airstream fan?
Get a cat.....or a bb gun.
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I have this "pet snake" in my window..
You might borrow this idea. Just stick him on the inside window, near where the bird like to peck..
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