Bird Deterrent: The Spinning Scarecrow

It's simple to make, so why not assemble this spinning device and give it a try as a bird deterrent?

| July/August 1980

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    When in operation, your bird deterrent will look something like this.
    PHOTO: MAYO PARDO
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    PHOTO 1: Punch holes in the center of the bases of two cans.  PHOTO 2: Cut the tops off both cans.
    MAYO PARDO
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    PHOTO 5: Twist the fins on the two "propeller" pieces. Be sure to twist the blades of both cans in the same direction. Insert the "drinking end" of the third can snugly into one of the finned containers. PHOTO 6: Cut four 1 1/2" long slots around the top of the third can and fit it into your other finned container.
    MAYO PARDO
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    PHOTO 3: Cut each container's side into 12 equal fins. PHOTO 4: Cut off the lower 1 1/2" section of a third can.
    MAYO PARDO
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    PHOTO 7: Run a length of coat hanger through the central holes. Shape the wire to keep the cans on their "axle."
    MAYO PARDO

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As a bird deterrent, the standard human-shaped scarecrow has a long pedigree. The scarecrow presented here is a new concept. It's made of aluminum cans, and if put together correctly will spin and whistle in the wind. Here is the assembly procedure:

ONE: Using a hammer and nail, punch holes in the center of the bases of two cans, then measure a point 1 1/2 inches up from each container's bottom. Mark a line around the can at that level.

TWO: Use tinsnips to cut the tops off both of the throwaways. Wear gloves for safety's sake.

THREE: Now divide, by cutting from the opened top down to the mark, each container's side into 12 equal fins.



FOUR: Take a third can and, after first measuring and drawing a line, cut off the container's lower 1 1/2" section.

FIVE: Use a pair of pliers to twist the fins on the two "propeller" pieces (be sure that the blades of both cans will be bent in the same direction once the scarecrow is assembled) and insert the "drinking end" of the third can—snugly—into one of the finned containers.






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