I have put some object on the 'platform' surface the phoebes are trying to use. That prevents them from landing and using that surface. That's not to say they won't find another spot in the shed to use. But the point is to 'redirect' them now before they get established. Good luck.
> Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 09:40:33 -0400
> From: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Phoebe nesting problem
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Jane - move your garden tools to the barn for the season! : )
> Janet Watton
> Randolph Center
> On Apr 14, 2010, at 12:02 AM, VTBIRD automatic digest system wrote:
> > Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 12:05:58 -0400
> > From: Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]>
> > Subject: Phoebe nesting problem
> > I wonder if anybody has any good suggestions for discouraging a
> > pair of very persistent phoebes from building their nest inside
> > my woodshed/garden tool shed. It's old and well-ventilated since
> > it's a woodshed and very difficult to block all the small gaps
> > that Phoebes are willing to fly through. I'd be happy to let
> > them nest in there, but I'm in and out many times a day during
> > the spring and summer, and of course, when I come in, whoever is
> > in there flies around frantically, crashing into walls and beams
> > in a desperate attempt to get out.
> > I've hung strips of lightweight tarp that flaps in the breeze
> > over some of the larger gaps, taken down their half-built nests
> > and put solid objects in those places to keep them from trying
> > the same place again, but boy, they just keep trying over and over.
> > I have a nice big old barn with lots of access points from
> > outside up to the loft, lots of nifty nesting places, and there's
> > no competing pair using the barn, but will they put their nes
> > their? Nooooooo.
> > Any suggestions would be very gratefully received.
> > Jane
> > Shoreham
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