Help with a Blue Heron

kimmy517(z5 OH)April 25, 2007

This year is our fourth season with our pond. Last year a blue heron found it.. We have been having luck by taking fishing line and criss crossing it over the pond. My fish have 3 nice containers to hide in when it comes around..I was going to buy this big pinwheel thing that has a big pinwheel and a smaller one in the middle.. Would something big and colorful and spinning scare this bird away???

Looking for other blue heron ideas


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I use a owl decoy :o)

    Bookmark   April 25, 2007 at 11:06PM
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Had the same problem a couple of years ago, scared the heck out of my wife and lost a bunch of comets. We picked up a mock heron made of plastic on a steel post at the local garden center @ $ 30.00, a bit much in my opinion at the time, but no heron since. We lost most of our our fish with the first assault of one of these guys but haven't seen one since we put the "stand-in" up. From what I could find the heron is a solitaire bird so company is not what they are looking for. GOOD LUCK

    Bookmark   April 25, 2007 at 11:15PM
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I have a question about the owl decoy ... will it scare away all birds, even the little song birds? I know people use owl decoys to keep birds away from their gardens & such & was wondering if this kept all birds away. I kinda like seeing the little birds around.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2007 at 11:38PM
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Haven't paid must attention to the small birds but the crows DO NOT like it at all they used to land in a near by field and pitch a fit about the owl. The crows used to come in the yard and steal the dry dog food out of my dog dish they don't do it anymore :o)

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   April 26, 2007 at 12:35AM
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I had a heron coming by. He snagged 2 of my bigger koi. Although I had heard mixed results from using an owl decoy I opted to try it. So far, its worked well. No sign of the Heron since. And the hawk that lives in my neighborhood also seems to be staying away from the pond. You can get an owel decoy pretty cheap. I paid $16 for mine. So, its definitely worth trying out.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2007 at 8:01AM
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keithw(Zone 8)

If the owl does not work, the "scarecrow" motion detection sprinklers are really the only effective option that I have seen short of netting the whole pond off. Google "Scarecrow sprinkler" and you'll find a lot of sellers of them. They will keep away pretty much any varmints.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2007 at 8:25AM
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We started out with a heron decoy...seemed the heron liked ours a little too much and wiped out half my koi... so we moved on to the scarecrow motion activated water sprayer. Then we bought the owl decoy and it seems the owl made all the difference. Still though I spend most of my summer looking out the window with some apprehension. Geez I thought ponding was supposed to be stress free. I always thought herons were the most beautiful birds but now when I see one I shudder.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2007 at 10:02AM
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ccoombs1(7B SC)

I have had good luck using a floating alligator in the pond. No herons since!!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2007 at 11:42AM
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sleeplessinftwayne(z4-5 IND)

The monster attacked my pond although we were standing about 10 feet away. I now have 2 heron decoys, a scarecrow water cannon and netting streched over a gazebo frame set up over the pond. I haven't seen the heron in a while so I'm not sure which if anything worked and I'm afraid to take any of it away. I just have to get used to it I guess. Actually the gazebo frame doesn't look half bad. Sandy

    Bookmark   April 27, 2007 at 10:59PM
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I have lost fish two different seasons to a heron. After the first attack I got a plastice heron and it seemed to work. No attacks the following year. But then last year we lost 3 more fish. I caught him in my yard a few days later, but I scared him away. Now, I'm not sure what to do this year. I saw this motion sensored singing tucan and I wondered if that would do anything??? Maybe I'll try the owl too. Just thought I would post that I still got attacked even with the plastic heron. Of course maybe I needed to move him around more!!

    Bookmark   May 14, 2011 at 11:47PM
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