Pigeons represent a large family of birds that are found all around the world. These creatures have been around for thousands of years and have earned respect for their assistance in delivering military messages in times of war and their contribution to special ceremonies. Unfortunately, pigeons also have a reputation for causing a lot of problems and issues for people in their everyday lives.
Today, feral pigeons find the ledges of tall buildings just as good as the cliffs that they used to inhabit. They have become adapted to urban areas, and a very large number of them can be found in towns and cities throughout the world.
The Canada Goose, is a large bird that black head and neck with a light brown body and webbed feet. They have a very large wingspan that can extend up to 6 feet. On average, a goose can weigh 10-15 pounds. In most cases, this bird species can be found inhabiting near open fields, bodies of water (lakes, rivers, retention basins and bodies of water in general).
Feeding habits include grass, agricultural crops and wild plants found in bodies of water. A female goose can have 2-9 eggs (goslings, baby geese) each year. A single goose can consume approximately 3-4 pounds of grass and related vegetation per day! Which means that roughly 1-3 pounds of bird droppings are left behind (PER GOOSE).
The barn swallow is a migratory bird the goes south to warmer climates in the winter and return north in the summer. There are many different types of swallows the more popular barn swallow can live quite happily with the human race, many people like having swallows around because they eat insects and help control the bug population in the areas they nest.
They are small birds and are beautiful to look at. They produce many sounds and each has a different meaning, they have calls that will scare away predators such as cats and larger birds to protect their nests and themselves from danger. There are happy chirping sounds when they are feeling safe or calling to another swallow.
Turkey Vultures are large birds. They weigh around six pounds with a wing span of up to six feet. The very look of these scavenger birds is menacing. Turkey Vultures cause major structural damage to buildings every year. They pose serious health issues and safety concerns, as you will see.
Turkey Vultures travel in flocks. They are black birds, famous for their bald head which is red. The bald head allows their heads to stay clean while feeding on their favorite food, which is the carcass of dead animals.
Sparrows bring dangerous diseases into the equation along with the potential to damage structures. They are second to the pigeon with regard to being a huge pest for urban areas.
The House Sparrow is a little chunky bird that likes to live around habitats made by humans. They can end up causing some damage to your business if you just let them be free around it. The most common sparrows are the house and Eurasian tree sparrow. They like to nest on buildings and inhabit cities in large numbers. They are indigenous to Africa, Asia, and Europe. They were imported by settlers to the Americas and Australia. The house sparrow is the common type found in North America.
Seagulls (Gulls) are mostly seen near the coastal areas and have been known to cause problems for residents near these areas. The truth is that fish are becoming scarce and gulls need food to feed and rear their young. In residential areas gulls can pick through household waste for potential solutions to their food scarcity problem.
There are three main species of gulls that pose potential harm in residential areas: Herring gull (the common grey gull), Lesser Black-backed Gull, and Greater Black-backed gull. These birds are quite large birds that measure up to 27 inches and their wingspan can get up to about 34 inches.
Crows are a highly intelligent species of bird. They are much smarter than the average bird and even incorporate problem solving skills unique to the species. For example, if a crow would like to get inside the shell of a nut and cannot; he will place the nut on a road and wait until a car runs over it and then will collect his bounty. Crows are instrumental in removal of road kill on the highways. The way they do this is they pick at the carcass until enough of it has been eaten to lighten the load. Then they will move the remains out of the way of traffic and finish them off.
With superior intelligence, come extraordinary challenges. Because the crow is so smart, he will soon figure out the methods employed to remove them and adapt.
The Heron also called Ardea Herodias. The Heron is the U.S. A’s most magnificent heron. Measuring almost 4 ½ ft. tall and 8 lbs. It has a vast wingspan that is approximately 7’ across.
This heron lives in Canada and Mexico and in parts of the Caribbean. The Heron also likes to perch and search for food along the shorelines and other bodies of water in North American. Because of the various bodies of water in residential areas, the Heron can be found in residential areas and populated areas. Living in treetop colonies, the Heron can raise 2-5 infant birds per season.
Also, known as European Starling, these birds are great migrants. Although, Starlings are original natives of Europe, they are found in almost every continent of the world as either winter visitors or were formally introduced at one time or the other, as is the case with South Africa and America.
Common Starlings are averagely sized (about 8 inches) passerine birds of the famous Passeriformes order. They are noted for their pink legs, black or yellow bills and a dazzling black plumage which displays some tiny white speckles at times. These highly talented mimicking birds are notable noise makers.
Woodpeckers dislike cold weather areas and can be found in warmer climates all over the world. They also cannot be found on islands in the ocean. They are found in the majority in wooded areas and also in the rain forest. However they can survive in areas where there is not an abundance of trees some of the species can be found feeding on open ground. They are beautiful to look at and every recognized the sound of a woodpecker in a tree outside and their home.
There are various species of woodpeckers. The most common woodpecker is around 10” in length and will have a black/white body with a bit a red coloring on the rear of the head.
The grackle, also known as the common grackle, is a black bird that measures about one foot tall. It looks similar to its cousin, the blackbird. However, it possesses a larger body and longer tail. The common grackle displays pale eyes and black body feathers while the younger or juvenile grackle sports brown body feathers and dark eyes. The eyes turn yellow before the bird’s first winter. Females are distinguished from males as they are less glossy and are smaller in size (typically about 10 inches high).
Grackles can cause bird control issues as they like to roost in great numbers in buildings or trees. They are often found around dumpsters and have been proven to cause a great deal of damage to sprouting corn crops.
They are called “Chimney Swifts” because they are particularly known for nesting in chimneys. While many species of birds are fond of building nests in the bushes and trees around homes, there are some species with ulterior alternatives. Often confused with bats because of the erratic type of flight pattern.
Birds like Chimney Swifts forgo trees altogether but prefer to nest inside chimneys. Apart from damaging your chimney, these nesting birds can also cause safety hazards for you and your family.