Bird spikes are rows of blunted plastic or metal points, arranged on the tops of buildings, to deter perching birds without harming them. I’m not sure how effective they are, either at discouraging birds or on the safety front. I’ve heard more than a few reports of poked pigeons and stabbed seagulls. And I’ve seen an awful lot of this:
I noticed one starling clinging to the spikes first thing this morning. I didn’t pay it much mind, at first: northern flickers were about, and those are much prettier than starlings. Then, another starling showed up, and another, and I couldn’t resist getting a shot.
I also went out on a nice snarled birdwalk — snarled, in the sense that I was following birdcalls, rather than going anywhere in particular, so I kept drifting about in circles, crossing my own tracks at every turn. I didn’t find much of anything — just the usual crows, gulls, and sparrows (both house and song) — but I did have another close call with those little tweeeeeee! birds. I was standing by a bush, trying to get a picture of a wet, messy robin with a worm in its beak, when I realised the bush was peeping. I leaned in for a closer look, and the mystery bird flew up in my face, over my shoulder, and away. Sorry, mystery bird. Didn’t mean to give you a fright. Oh, and the robin got away, too…of COURSE.
I might pop out later, try my luck again. In the meantime, have some trash birds!