As usual, I made my summer pilgrimage to California (ugh!) and have safely made it back to small-town Kansas.It’s taken a few days to clear out the worst of the weeds (which are mostly corn) and get things looking pretty good–with one exception I’ll get to–and the flowers are blooming nicely.
Starting this Spring and continuing, I’ve had some problems with birds on the RR. Specifically, I have a large posse of grackles that are congregating on my bridge. I don’t mind the birds, but their droppings are causing some problems. Since I was gone for three weeks and wasn’t able to wash down the bridge and track, the problem has become moderately annoying. There are some pits in the brass track that are pretty serious. Since I run track power, I’m guessing that at least one section will have to be replaced. I’ll know more when it’s cool enough to run train again
I don’t want to shoot the grackles (I accidentally killed one when I shot it with a low-powered pellet rifle and it fell into the pond and drowned before I could get it out) but I really don’t want to have to replace the track/repaint the bridge a couple times a year.
Does anyone have any suggestions on keeping them off the bridge?