Bird friends | More than just pests

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Mans feathered friend

Wildlife Removal

During a visit to a local supermarket in Miami Fl.

Our Safe Haven team came across an unusual sight. 

Normally when the Safe Haven team is in a supermarket, they are scanning the area to remove birds. So when a local customer walks up with a bird as a pet companion it's a bit of a surprise.  It was difficult to contain the urge to snap a quick photo with this magnificent creature.  

 

 

Birds are not only a very important part of many ecosystems, they are also important to many people.

In a case study done by www.avma.org,  3,671,000 households in the US own birds as pets and nearly 46.7 Million people in America consider themselves bird watchers according to http://www.audubon.org. This is why Safe haven Specialists care so much for not only protecting the safety of our client's facilities and their customers, as well as every bird we remove. We prepare and take action for every job with the understanding that there is more than just an unwanted pest we are removing, but a friend and muse to a lot of people.

Harry The Mythical Sparrow AKA “Bigfoot”

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Harry The Mythical Sparrow AKA “Bigfoot”

Harry The Mythical Sparrow AKA "Bigfoot"

The epic tale of strategy and wits.

"Bigfoot" engaged our Safe Haven Rescue Specialists in a week-long test of strategy and wits.  

Sparrows have always found their way into folklore and myth, from being seen as the bird of Aphrodite by greek mythology to the European and other Folklore. The sparrow that enters your house is a bad omen, but in other culture's it is seen as a good omen.  Fortunately, our specialists are brave. Brave enough to face these threats of omens and myth, leading them to the successful capture and release of one of our most difficult rescues.

"Bigfoot" The Mythical Sparrow

  Three attempts over a week period, and Safe Haven Specialists were able to rescue "Bigfoot," The Mythical Sparrow from a supermarkets facilities. The use of nets or common bird deterrents are less effective than with most avian species since sparrows like to forage for their food along the ground often hiding their selves under the cover of grass and objects, flying from bush to bush, this makes sparrows especially difficult to catch.  To ensure their survival sparrows rely on their photographic memories and expert hiding skills, helping them avoid predators and Safe Haven specialist... for a brief time.

After the first encounter with one of our Safe Haven specialists, "Bigfoot"  instinctively fled the scenes and hid for a day or two every time a specialist would be spotted. Patiently waiting and watching the Safe Haven specialist till they left his sight before abandoning his hideouts.  Knowing that "Bigfoot" was seeing the Safe Haven specialists as predators and that the sparrow remembered their uniforms, the specialist had to devise a plan to blend into their environment with stealth and precision to coax the bird into re-appearing. Resulting in a successful and well-deserved rescue and removal of The mythical Sparrow

 

Nesting

Nests are usually found near the ground in brush or in bushes, Males will defend only a small territory area allowing other sparrows to neighbor close.  Males will sometimes chase a female he is seeking and even flutters during flight as to impress courting females. Nests are normally constructed by the female. 

 

Diet 

Sparrows consume mostly seed and insects like wasps, ants, spiders, grasshopper, beetles. During the winter months, sparrows tend to feed mostly on seed from grass and weeds.

 

Habitat

Sparrows live in a vast variety of areas and conditions, one common theme you find with sparrows is they need places to hide out and eat. Sparrows seem to trend toward human populated areas with an abundance of water and shelter be it man-made structures, lawns, even shingles, and gutters. Sparrows will often look for water and shelter in supermarkets and a variety of facilities, with easy access to a wide range of hiding spots, food and since sparrows especially love standing water quarter of an inch deep the back rooms of many facilities that have water access are ideal for the sparrow. 

As stealthy and hidden as sparrows try to be they still are a major threat to any facility and public areas, with the threat of mites and zoonotic disease. Just because you can't see or hear them doesn't mean they are not a threat to public safety and health 

%100 Safe Bird Removal

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Bird Removal from a commercial facility

If not done correctly or safely, bird removal can lead to more problems than solutions.

%100 Safe Bird Removal

Safe Haven's commercial wildlife removal stands by the safety and health of our clients and the public. 

While human populations grow so does the need for more facilities, distribution centers, supermarkets, and public facilities are rapidly growing were birds once called home. Most birds being extremely adaptable can find ways to thrive even better in public areas with open water, food, and shelter sources all around, it must be difficult for birds to avoid entering any facility. The best thing about many birds adaptability is their population numbers remain steady, with the help of bird enthusiast and Safe Haven %100 Bird Safe removal, allowing birds to continue their purpose in the circle of life. That's great news for anyone sick of mosquitos, bugs, and spiders. 

To help protect the public and the wildlife Safe Haven has developed a patent pending %100 satisfaction and %100 safe bird removal formula. Based on size and other factors of a facility Safe Haven can apply their formula to successfully and safely remove unwanted birds from commercial facilities, making them the #1 Commercial Bird Removal Service in the USA.

 

Bird In your store?

Better to be prepared

Alice Cooper Hawk

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Alice Cooper Hawk

Alice Cooper Hawk

No more Mr. nice guy

During a rescue in Kentucky at a supermarket our staff encountered a Cooper's Hawk.

Cooper's hawks are predatory birds who like to prey on medium sized birds. The Cooper's Hawk are very successful and aggressive with their antics. This is why our latest Cooper's hawk rescue was crowned the Alice Cooper's Hawk. 

The Cooper's Hawk

Declining in the mid-twentieth century, numbers of the Cooper's Hawk have stabilized. The Cooper's Hawk is a medium-sized hawk native to the North American Continent and found in Southern Canada to Northern Mexico. They are among the world’s most skilled fliers. The hawk was named after the naturalist, William Cooper, one of the founders of the New York Academy of Science.

 

Nesting

The Male Cooper’s Hawk feeds the female hawk at least a month on up to the time she begins laying eggs. The nest site is in a tree at least 25-50 feet off the ground. Both sexes or the male builds the nest. The Male Hawk continues to bring food to the perch of the nest and the mother feeds her young until about 4-5 weeks when the young are able to fly. It’s a beautiful story and others may find it not such a happy ending but it is a happy beginning. Cooper’s hawks are monogamous but most of the time do not mate for life. Also, the males should watch out. Males are usually submissive to the female hawks not only because they are bigger but because they are expert hunters of medium sized birds. Cooper’s Hawk can also be found near bird feeders, always looking for easy prey.

Interesting Facts

The oldest recorded Cooper’s Hawk was 20 years old and 4 months. The male was branded in 1986 and founded in 2006.

Males are usually 14.6-15.4 inches long with a wingspan of 24.4-35.4 inches and a weight of 7.8-14.5 oz.

Females are usually 16.5-17.7 inches long with a wingspan of 29.5-35.4 inches and a weight of 11.6-24 oz.

Other names for the Cooper’s Hawk are Chicken Hawk, E’smerejon de Cooper, Eprerierie de Cooper, Mexican Hawk and Swift Hawk.

 

This particular Cooper's hawk was found inside a Customer's Lawn and Garden area. In a single day, this Cooper's hawk found a nice buffet in the store's lawn and garden section consuming over 15 sparrows while causing havoc and concern to the store's customers, shoppers stumbling upon feathers and remains of the sparrows. Safe Haven was able to successfully remove and relocate the dubbed Alice Cooper Hawk and restore public safety and food safety. 

Change places! The Avian mad hatter.

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Change places! The Avian mad hatter.
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The Mad Hatter

This wren earned it's title.

The Carolina Wren

Many traits of the Carolina Wren make them a nightmare for stores and our specialist. with the ability to scale a tree vertical from the ground with one wing-propelled leap. The flying patterns get no better with sporadic quick low, wave-like aerial maneuvers and rapid wing flapping. Carolina Wrens have been considered a lot of things but to equip them with the title of mad hatter is only fitting as they are commonly witty resourceful creatures with crazy attitudes and very territorial. 

 

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Location

You can find one of the 7 species of Carolina Wren in the states as far as texas up to Deleware and south. during mild winters they have been known to be as far as main during nesting.

Diet

Like most avian species Wren's diets consist of insects bugs, reptiles, and frogs. During the winter wrens will be found eating fruits and berries making grocery stores ideal for winter nesting.

Nesting

The saying "home is where you make it" stand very true for Carolina wren they are known to have life long partners rarely finding new mates. Most the time you will find wrens in pairs as the male and female will both take effort in building the nest. Wren's will build a nest just about anywhere as long as they have a little crevice to build in, most males looking for mates will build multiple nests to give their potential mate a selection of nests to choose from, making them extremely hazardous when entering a commercial facility, one wren may produce anywhere to 5 nest's before mating. 

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The Mad Hatter

During a recent removal call, the Safe Haven Specialist came across an unusual yet memorable bird. Later to be named "The Mad Hatter". The wren reputation is already that of witty a little crazy and a jokester much like the mad hatter himself and with the added aggressiveness over territory, it makes wrens that much a potential hazard and a huge challenge for facilities to maintain. 

After nearly 48hours of attempting to rescue "the mad hatter," the Safe Haven specialist were able to bring the wren into Safe Haven hands securing the well-being of the facility and the well-being of "the mad hatter"

"The mad hatter" led Safe Haven specialist on a 48hr hunt when it was all said and done our specialist received our first ever Harris Teeter reward for never giving up on the removal. (as pictured to left) 

Birds in stores

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Birds in stores

Birds don't care if they are welcome 

They really don't care about our safety 

Not to mention we have never seen them pay for anything.

Why is there a bird at the store?

well that is a good question, birds are mostly looking for food or shelter when inside a facility, most the time the misconception is that birds accidently enter facilities and this is true for a small fraction of  the birds entering facilities around the USA.  

Birds are perfectly fine to make themselves feel welcome in most facilities.

as you can see this bird has no problem roaming the aisles just like your everyday shopper.

The Finch That Stole Christmas

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Sounds like a bad parody of the great Dr. Seuss' "the Grinch that stole Christmas"

Now imagine Instead of a 6ft slithery green furry monster. You have a 4inch flying pest damaging goods and hindering your customers experience.

Everything is prepared and ready to move from your store's floor to your customer's home. With no attention drawn to the wild bird entering your facility through the back while the trash was being thrown out by an employee.FinchNow that your store is prepared for the holiday season, a wild bird in your facility could cause you a lot more unwanted issues especially with seasonal merchandise, a wild bird in your facility may make you feel like you're taking all backward steps in preparing for the holidays. 

 

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No Shoot No Harm, More than a slogan

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No Shoot No Harm, More than a slogan

Harming or stressing a loose bird inside your facility is not a solution.

More like extra RISK and problems!

To some the use of projectiles may be tempting.

When you spot a wild bird in your facility, of course, you would like to not see it even faster. Sometimes the use of projectiles may seem tantalizing for the "quick" results.
Just like everything else, the results will show you went down the "quick fix" path.

When Randy Johnson aimed for home plate.

He was not expecting to strike a bird and the aftermath is almost horrific. The threat diseases carried by birds mainly thrive on their feathers, blood, and feces.

RISKING ANY SPREAD OF DISEASE IN YOUR FACILITY IS NOT AN OPTION

At Safe Haven our No Shoot, No Harm, No Fowl process virtually eliminates the risk of any further damages caused during our removal process.

No Shoot No Harm, More than a slogan