Bird deterrent ruffles feathers of neighbours

Josh Pennell
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A cacophony of bird sounds in a St. John’s neighbourhood isn’t one of the sweet sounds of spring one resident has been looking forward to.
For a week now, Kellie Rodgers said, her neighbourhood has been filled with the sounds of owls and screeching gulls. The noises are coming from the top of the Canadian Forces Station St. John’s in Pleasantville, and are played 24 hours a day seven days a week as a means to deter birds from resting on the roof.

“It’s extremely loud and goes on all day every day,” said Rodgers. “In a neighbourhood, this is totally unacceptable.”

Rodgers spoke with the facilities manager of the building and was told the recording of the birds is meant to keep birds from defecating on the roof and on cars.

She said she has spoken to some people in her neighbourhood who say they can’t sleep with the racket.

Coun. Danny Breen is aware of the problem and went down to the building to take a listen for himself.

“It is absolutely horrendous,” he said.

Moreover, Breen questions if it’s even necessary. There are other ways to deter birds, such as rooftop meshes and figurines of birds of prey such as owls, he said.

Breen is hoping to meet with people from the building today to discuss a solution to the problem. Because it’s a federal building, council can’t just order the bird sounds to stop, but Breen said he’s confident an agreement will be reached.

There are other areas of the city that use the sounds to deter birds. One is at the airport and another is at the landfill in Robin Hood Bay.

Geographic location: Robin Hood Bay

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  • Regina Hounsell
    May 20, 2014 - 05:16

    I live in the neighborhood and it's awful, 24/7 you listen to the recording sounds of birds and seagulls almost as if they are being tortured, you can't open your window at night because the sound plays all night long every few minutes....I'm surprised the ducks at the lake haven't left to find a new home although I think the noise is the loudest in the Pleasantville Avenue area, I look forward to finding out what the solution will be because I won't be wanting to listen to to it all summer, I don't know how they can work in the building with this noise, absolutely ridiculous. I also can believe we've been complaining singer a week and they didn't make an effort to even turn it off until it's resolved.