The Bobble Headed Owls have come. Be afraid. Be very afraid!

The birds have discovered the wine grapes. Every time I walked under the arbor a little flurry of rising wings  could be heard. The pea hens are residing in the peacock penthouse because last year they ate a third of my crop and now the sparrows are taking advantage. Serious measures had to be taken.


So I have brought in reinforcements.


Sundog uses these stern fellows to keep the birds off her blackberries.  TonTon actually growled at them.


After the dogs had given them warnings about farmy behaviour, I filled the  Glaring Owls  bellies with dirt and sat them on the poles that support the grape vines.


The change was instant. The sparrows, steered clear and the starlings gave them a wide birth. Immediately. Frankly I would too. These guys are not mucking around.


The instructions say: Only put the owls out when it is time to scare away the birds and move them frequently so the grape thieves do not get used to them.  After the harvest put them back in the box ’til next year.   They are 18 inches (48cm) high and look stunning out in the gardens.


Impressive aren’t they. Their heads bob about in the slight breeze, turning on their shoulders like feathered brooding back up singers borrowed from the Exorcist’s Green Room.


Good morning. How are you all this morning? The sun has not yet risen into my hazy cloudy sky. Another glorious hot day is forecast. Of course now that the hay is cut, the best hay, threats of showers and thunderstorms have crept into the forecast. Friday and Saturday will be dicey. So the tension has been cranked up a level.

I hope you all have a lovely day.

your friend on the farm, celi

65 Comments on “The Bobble Headed Owls have come. Be afraid. Be very afraid!

  1. Those owls are BEAUTIFUL! I love them. They look quite magisterial atop their poles. The dogs’ expressions are priceless. God lov’em.

  2. Those owls are perfect!!!! I have never seen them with bobble heads but that would make the difference along with moving them around a bit. Hope they continue to do the trick for you!!!

  3. Too funny! I just popped in to see what Little Sundog was up to, and her last post was about these bobble heads. Then I came here and lo and behold: More Bobble Heads! So now I see bobble heads in my future gardening plans.

    BTW, isn’t if funny how suspicious our canines can get over the simplest things? Around here it was my dolls! Buddy used to go bonkers every time I moved one to a new location. 😉

  4. great owls! i like the idea of moving them around. teddy would have barked at them too. it is hot, humid and yucky here!

  5. Oh, Lordy, C! Those photos of the dogs made my morning! I should get some owls for the blueberries for next year – the crows got lots of them this year. One of the apple orchards on the island has a tethered kite that looks like an eagle. It swoops and dives over the trees when the wind blows…I’ve seen people at their farm stand stop and take pictures of it, thinking it’s a real bird 😀

  6. Oh I just adore your owls – how very clever!
    Here’s hoping the rain stays away long enough for you to get the hay all sorted C.
    Have a super day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  7. The Owls are great, I might be tempted to leave them out forever. Spring has arrived here at last the trees are budding – yippee. I think part of what makes the hay so good is the additional human adrenaline that gets added at harvest time 🙂 Hoping it stays dry till all the bales have ridden up Clatterbox. Laura

  8. That pair would certainly scare the bejezus out of me close up! Obviously drastic measures need to be taken to protect your future wine!! Enjoy your hot and hazy day, it’s cool and mizzly here so, laundry done, rooms cleaned – a couple of hours of painting I think!

  9. Those owls are awesome. I *know* I would be seriously afraid of them.
    And the pig in the hay – OMP (oh my pig) – how adorable!! XOXO – Bacon

    • Funny you should say that – when I lived in NJ we had an inground pool and a big problem with ducks landing in it during the spring mating season. So I bought a big decoy male duck and placed it next to the pond. Lo and behold i look out the window and there is a ‘live’ male duck facing off with my dummy duck looking for a fight! I even got pictures somewhere.

  10. Glad to see that Ton Ton’s right on top of those intruders. I can only imagine what my Lola would do if I brought something like that to my home – the barking would not stop! My daughter once bought me these beautiful handmade festival masks from Venice & silly Lola just couldn’t stand them – I think it was the blank eyes or something.
    the farm down the street from us uses bright balloons that they draw eyes on for their corn fields but it looks like you’ve got the super deluxe upgrade to balloons.

  11. I must have one of those owls. Great idea. Love the photos. Waiting for things to cool off here in Texas. Have a great day.

  12. We used these on the golf course to keep the Egyptian Geese off the greens…. didn’t work, the starlings sat on their heads and the geese knew they were harmless… glad they are working for you…

    • I think the owl is scarier to the little birds, the owl will eat them if he can catch them, but I do agree that it would not scare a goose off. I will move them daily to keep up the momentum. Today is once again free of birds in the grapes, so something is working! c

  13. At Easter, I used to bake a lamb cake. (I have a Cake mold n the shape of a lamb) When I would sit it to cool on the kitchen counter, the dogs would react to it the way TonTon and Boo did the owls.
    I think it was the ears that got them.

  14. Ha ha! I honestly thought it was a species of owl that I hadn’t heard of. Then I saw the pictures! Hope they carry on working as long as you need them. 🙂

  15. I wonder if the owls would work on figs. The birds ate my first year crop! I may have to get some and try it. Thank you for sharing!

    • You are welcome Julie, we will see how long it works for but i hate the nets, everything gets so tangled, and the sparrows just hang on the nets and peck through anyway.. c

  16. Thank you for this post! We had birds eating all our figs last year so we put nets over the trees this spring. But then new tree growth went right through the nets so this year we’ll lose some netting and branches too. The owls sound like a perfect solution. Thank you! How funny that even your dogs are wary.

  17. The owls and the dogs would give me much amusement… love the pics. I’ve seen the owls in Bunnings hardware (in Sydney) and was enchanted by them – they are quite gorgeous but we are trying, at the moment anyway, to attract birds to our country garden so have no use for them. They are a great idea to guard the grapes.
    The piglet in the hay is a Hallmark picture 🙂 Fingers crossed the weather is kind to your hay making.

  18. Bravo for the Bubble heads! They are somewhere between majestic and creepy! Fingers crossed for the hay harvest.

  19. These bobble heads are the most realistic I’ve ever seen! They’re great and I hope they do the trick! You go to so much effort to protect your crop potential all winter long–and then when it’s time to reap your reward the birdies want to steal it! Since you don’t have time to read “The Little Red Hen” to them, I think the owls are a good deterrent!

  20. Good morning Celi; fantastic owls aren’t they? i’m glad that worked for you 🙂 I fell while loading hay on the twenty-seventh I had to let go of the rest to the rain… (blew out my knee) Missy has not killed my yet . 🙂 she has been taking me to hospital last two days. not a good time . be blessing mike

    • What terrible news, I hope the girls are able to fill in for you because it is important to give this kind of injury time to heal. really wish i could help, even driving back and forth from the hospital and all that entails must be maddening. Take it easy now. I think you must have enough hay in by now.. Hopefully.. Poor you, what an absolute bore that is… c

  21. Love the owls. What great additions to the Farmy, Celi. And to think, no need to feed or water them, no matter how hot/cold it gets. Priceless reactions of your two dogs. I saw there was rain in the forecast but the latest have dropped it. I hope your forecast changes, as well, at least until you get that hay put away. I hope you’re having a great evening.

    • Friday has gone back to 10% and the showers on saturday have turned into scattered thunderstorms, there is hope yet!! c

  22. Oh Celi: how great to begin my working day unable to stop laughing! Have seen scarecrows of all kinds thru’ my lifetime but these must be the loveliest looking ones: almost sculptural enough to be permanent decorations. But the looks on Boo’s and Ton’s faces are unreal 🙂 ! OK, Boo had not seen those shiny eyes before, but Ton should have remembered from last year!! . . . . . And I am praying to the Raingod to be sensible, I am!

    • Yes that RainGod better be kind or i am going to feel PICKED ON! Poor doggies, such entertainment they are! c

  23. How clever, whoever invented these owls. They look like such fierce guardians. Good luck with protecting the grape.

  24. The bobble headed owls do look scary with their glowering look but paradoxically they also look stunning atop the vines. Good to hear they are effective. 😉

  25. Those are perfect! Do they have anything that will keep a ground hog out of your beds—something a bit lower to the ground. 🙂

    • Ha ha !! Maybe get the owls to look into the holes! I don’t know, we don’t have them here, but a ground hog in your soil means you soil is alive and well? c

  26. I’ve never seen the bobble-head ones. They appear more realistic than solid ones. I see them on some rooftops, here, to deter pigeons, but they are never moved and the pigeons pay them no mind.

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