beware of birdsFlocks of angry birds have been dive bombing residents of Noe Valley, an otherwise peaceful neighborhood in the central part of San Francisco.

 

The tiny little black sparrows have been sneaking up behind unsuspecting victims, flying into their heads, taking a few pecks and taking off.  One resident who was attacked said the sparrows kept coming—in 24th between Castro and Diamond and then on 23rd and Diamond. A recent twitter reported birds attacking people just past Barney's on 24th between Diamond and Castro. One resident even saw a sign at a playground at the Upper Noe Recreation Center that reads: "Beware of attack birds! Incidents of small black birds pecking at public." This is no way to greet park patrons.

 

Some residents have surmised that the birds are European (or Common) Starlings, first introduced to the US in the 1890s, who have now become the "most hated bird in North America."

 

While it may be difficult to control birds perching citywide, there are effective bird deterrents that can keep pesky little starlings from playgrounds and recreation centers. Getting rid of pest birds can pose a challenge.  Noisemakers, lasers, and even pellet guns are only marginally effective. These methods can also be annoying and even dangerous to the public. What’s needed are professional bird deterrents. If your park or recreation center has a bird problem, here’s what the pros recommend to solve it:

 

Bird Chase Super Sonic

 

Easily installed on park structures and rec center buildings, the Bird Chase Super Sonic takes advantage of a bird's acute sense of hearing and alertness to threatening sounds. It broadcasts pre-recorded bird distress and predator calls that can be heard up to an acre away. The sounds emitted resemble natural bird sounds, so visitors and their pets won't be annoyed by them. The quality-constructed, weather resistant sonic device is designed for outdoor use and can be programmed for day or night operation.

 

Stainless Steel Bird Spikes

 

Used by parks and municipalities throughout the US, Stainless Steel Bird Spikes won’t allow birds to perch or roost wherever they’re installed. They come in two-foot sections, 50 feet per box. Spike widths vary from 1”, 3”, 5” and 8” --to match virtually any problem area where birds tend to gather. Easily installed, the spiked strips can be glued down, nailed or screwed onto rec center roofs, park lamps, park sheds, or just about any elevated area. The best stainless steel spikes are made in the USA and will be securely embedded in UV-resistant unbreakable polycarbonate. Bird spikes have long been approved by the US Humane Society and PICAS. The spikes are blunted at the tips, so they won’t injure birds or installation crews.