And no birds sang.
At least not as loudly and reputatively as those coming from a bird deterrent machine on the roof of CFS St. John’s in Pleasantville.
Neighbourhood resident, Kellie Rodgers, told The Telegram that the sounds of owls and screeching gulls are coming from the top of the Canadian Forces Station 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 said some of her neighbours couldn’t sleep with the racket.
Coun. Danny Breen went down for a listen and agreed.
“It is absolutely horrendous,” he told The Telegram on Monday.
Breen said he was hoping to speak with people from the building today and it must have worked. A message on his Twitter account reads “bird deterrent machine at Base in Pleasantville is turned off . . . other options being explored”.
There are other areas where such deterrents are used. One is at the airport and another is at Robin Hood Bay.