Owl & Falcon decoys work by replicating the look and size of a real predator. Most garden birds will recognize the outline of the decoy as a bird of prey from a distance and want to keep away. But birds are not totally stupid and after a period of time, they realise that the predator hasn’t moved for a few weeks and so you might need to move it to a new position in your garden or allotment.
One of the most hated of all bird visitors are Pigeons (AKA rats with wings). If your question is: Will the decoy scare Pigeons away? Unfortunately the answer is not clear cut. For example, we get a customer who will order a decoy owl or falcon and then phone a week later and order two more. However, sometimes they email us a photograph of a pigeon sitting on the head of the decoy! With pigeons, sometimes the repeller works superbly, but at other times it doesn’t.
Having said that, of the decoys we sell, the Action Owl with a rotating head gets more consistently positive results with pigeons. It probably has something to do with the movement of the owl’s head in the breeze.
All of the decoy repellers are a plastic, hollow, moulded shape with a removable bung in the base that you can fill with sand or soil to give the repeller some weight and stability. None of them come with fixings, but its not too difficult to drill a hole through the plastic and secure the bird with a couple of wood screws to a fence post etc.
Positioning any of the decoys requires a bit of thought. You have to imagine how it will look from a birds eye point of view as it approaches from 100ft in the air. Although you might want to hang the Flying Falcon decoy from a branch of a tree in your garden, when trees are in full leaf during summer, an incoming bird probably won’t be able to see it at all. If you can, find a raised location to site the decoy such as on the corner of a garage roof, or on a pole. Or even hanging from a washing line.