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Strasburg bird waste problem tackled

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Keith Henry, owner of Valley Animal Control and Prevention, works to install fishing line under this porch roof of a vacant building along East King Street in Strasburg to help rid the property owner of a pigeon problem. Rich Cooley/Daily

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Pigeons roost along this building along East King Street in Strasburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

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A pigeon roosts along a roof of a vacant building along East King Street in Strasburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

STRABURG -- Pigeons may lose some of their favorite roosting spots in downtown Strasburg.

An effort began recently to cut down on the amount of bird droppings left on town sidewalks.

"There's nothing sanitary about it either," Keith Henry, owner and operator of Valley Animal Removal and Prevention, said Friday. "People don't even want to walk up and down the street, which makes it kinda bad."

The birds perch under the second- and third-story balconies of numerous properties along King Street. While they perch, they drop waste on the sidewalks, at times creating a layer of waste a quarter of an inch thick. The town has sent workers to clean the droppings from the sidewalks using power washers or other means. However, the birds return to their roost and again the droppings accumulate.

Henry stood on a ladder in front of the former Flower Basket installing measures under the second-story balcony meant to prevent birds from perching. He strung pieces of fishing line between screws over places birds often perch, such as pipes or other parts of the wooden structure. Later he plans to install wire as a more permanent prevention method "to discourage them from wanting to land up there," he said.

"This seems to be kinda the worst spot," Henry said.

Henry recalled seeing workers power washing the sidewalks, so he talked to town officials who referred him to the property owner. Henry met with the property owner and came to an agreement as ti where he would install the preventative devices.

As Henry explained pigeons prefer perching on stable spots. Wire doesn't provide a stable place for pigeons. Henry pointed out similar devices installed in the window ledges of a nearby building. Wire is preferable to some methods, such as spikes attached to window ledges or eaves, because it is far less visible, according to Henry.

As Henry installed the devices, several pigeons stood on the balcony above him and the roof of the building next door. Pigeons also roosted in the balconies of a building across the street and nearly a half dozen of the birds circled overhead.


I just read the headline, I do not want to be the tackler on this prolblem.

You could pay 11 year old boys who have BB guns with Slim Jims and Mountain Dew. I got paid per rat in my formative years.

And if you had a good recipe for rat it was a bonus.

Ahhh, we finally get a break from discussing the normal everyday garden variety of Strasburg bull**** spewed out by the Strasburg bull****ers only to end up discussing Strasburg bird poo. We were doubly blessed when the article even pointed out the depth of the Strasburg bird poo obstructing the Strasburg sidewalks. May we expect a follow-up report revealing the depth of the Strasburg bull* * * *?

The more things change, the more things stay the same. Poo always seems to make front page news in Strasburg.

This scandal about Strasburg bird poo is obviously a newly hatched working conspiracy by the Strasburg Tea Party crazies who are rumored to love eating bread based feces containment modules intended for consumption while waiting for the next flying saucer visit to Strasburg.

Their voice may change but their breath still smells the same.


The last paragraph of this artical reads as if it could have come from the script of the movie, "The birds".

Just as Henry started down the latter the pigeons made their move. Hiiiiiiiiiiiiii !

Sorry wrong latter. How about ladder?

Wow the boys get charged up with caffeine laced, high sugar beverage, Mountain Dew and greasy, artery clogging Slim Jims plus they get to enjoy the joy and rapture of killing living creatures.

It's just a win, win solution all the way around. They could even let the fast food joints scoop up the remains and add it to the pink slime burgers. Yummy!

It is so great to see yet another positive story on the front page of newspaper about Strasburg. Gee!This is a real reason to start a business in Strasburg or to come to live here.

Could the town council ever focus on their real problems? Such like getting new business in Strasburg, getting jobs for their citizens, things for their young to do that is positive and productive or how to run their town better so the taxes and water rates are not always rising.

Hey Teatime, that was a good one. I could see that last paragraph coming from hitchcocks "the birds" movie also. Too funny. Mr Bridges must be a hitchcock fan.

Here is an idea. The Town Council is doing a good job of pied piping the people of Strasburg. Maybe they could take a crack at the pigeon problem.

It really is sad that we have a handful of folks on here that have nothing better to do than to criticize EVERYTHING! Rusty, kids and BB guns in downtown, now that sounds so intelligent! Glad that those that can tell EVERYONE how to do EVERYTHING are the ones that are on here commenting and the ones that are DOING are out there accomplishing tasks, even if it means trying to clean up the community!

I still say, unincorporate the town and throw ourselves (Give ourselves back to) on the mercy of the county. They will let the birds be cleaned up the appropriate way. Not worried about little things like saving the birds in the county.

It certainly seems simpler to string fishing line than to unincorporate the Town of Strasburg,

Pigeon burger........hmmmmmm. Pigeon, the other white meat. Imagine the combinations......pigeon and portabella, pepper-jack-pigeon, the possibilities are endless!

Lighten up, Francis.

I wonder who is francis!...LOL. I've seen the above exclamation before. I've never eaten pigeon but I guarantee it is relatively tasty. I've heard that in the past people around the valley used to eat Robin also. Pigeon is just a little more easier to domesticate, because of there feeding patterns. If only people around here had a pallette for them damn Starlings that would be great.

....blue cheese pigeon would be awsome!!

Lighten up Frances is a quote from the movie 'Stripes'

It suits so many occasions,though,

They could get the killer bees to clean up the bird poo. They seem to know a lot about crap.

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