bottle rockets are for the birds

We have a neighbor who plays with firecrackers and bottle rockets all the time.  He doesn’t need a holiday and it doesn’t matter what time of day it is.  Last month, Doug’s curiosity got the better of him and he walked down to ask the reason for the celebration.  I had a friend at UT-Martin whose favorite weekend activity was to strap fireworks on things and watch them blow-up.  No, that was his second favorite activity but that’s a topic for another day.  At any rate, I always just assumed our neighbor liked playing with fireworks.  He explained to Doug that the bottle rockets scared the birds out of his yard.  I’m sure flocks of birds are messy and can destroy your garden but is this really the best way to scare them away from your yard?  Birds have a memory of what, 3 seconds?  Wouldn’t they just come right back?  I think our neighbor likes playing with bottle rockets and is too embarrassed to admit it.

2 thoughts on “bottle rockets are for the birds

  1. We have seen all kinds of bizzare attempts to get rid of birds here. I think bottle rockets might be nicer than some of them.

    In the afternoon, sometimes people walk around with shotguns, firing blanks into the air. Another place had a gun on a timer mounted up on a wall that would fire a shot every so often. They have hung crap in trees that rattles when the wind blows.

    We still have birds that cause a problem.

    Maybe we need to try bottle rockets?

    But yeah, I think you’re right, he just likes playing. In our town he’d be ticketed (fireworks not allowed due to fire problems)

  2. Don’t you remeber Steel Magnolias? The father/husband tried to do that on Shelby’s wedding day. And they just kept coming back.

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