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Bird Control Services

Bird of Prey Nest Removal/Relocation


Sometimes we have to get creative when dealing with out-of-the-ordinary problems.

Such may be the case when birds of prey chose a nesting site that puts them in direct conflict with humans. We increasingly receive calls to construction sites, communications towers, silos, airports, etc. with issues that require custom solutions or services. With our extensive experience of handling birds of prey, we have gained knowledge of their habitats and nesting requirements. With the right permits, we can relocate these nests, or when not possible provide alternative nesting site for these birds.  


Red-Tailed Hawk Nest Removal and Alternative Housing



In this particular situation a Red-Tailed Hawk decided to build its nest in the trusses of an open sided Quonset hut at the City of Toronto Transfer Station. This mother was very protective of her eggs. She would swoop down and smash into workers' heads; they had to use umbrellas as a form of protection while walking in the general area of the nest. Even after the employees were inside their heavy equipment, the Red-Tail would still target them by smashing into the windows as if directly aiming for them. By the time this situation was brought to our attention, the eyases (baby hawks) were already far enough along that the nest was left alone until the fledglings were able to leave on their own. Once an empty nest was observed, it was destroyed in an attempt to discourage nesting the following year (Pictured below). The client did not want to invest in exclusion netting at this point, as this was their first time with this issue.

The winter came and went and the Red-Tailed Hawk decided to re-build her nest in the same location. This time we decided to take a different approach to ensure the safety of the workers. The removal of the nest was essential and an alternative nesting site was required. In a nearby tree, we built a wooden platform (pictured below) and provided natural nesting material for a new nest to be made. This year there were another three babies in the nest. The eyases were carefully removed and taken to our care facility, but not without a fight from the mother. The C.E.O. of Hawkeye, Dan Frankian, personally took on the task of dealing with this dangerous and unique task. In the photos, you can see that Dan is wearing three pieces of personal protective equipment on his head alone, including eyeglasses, a helmet, and a face shield. If you don’t already know, Red-tailed hawks, and birds of prey in general, are quite intelligent. On a thick foggy morning; one of those mornings were you can’t see two feet in front of you, Dan went to remove the eyases from their nest. This mother flew down, through the fog, to attack Dan. She managed to swoop in at the exact angle to achieve a direct face hit despite all of the protection and precautions that were taken. This really goes to show that this job can be very dangerous, and that if you have a similar situation, a professional technician should be contacted.

Once the babies were able to fly, they were returned to the alternative nesting site where the mother had already started making a new nest. All birds were treated humanely, and this family was safely reunited. The client decided that exclusion netting would be a good idea at this point so we covered the entire inner roof with specially designed netting to ensure no other birds would be able to nest there.

Here is the release of the young hawks: 


At Hawkeye, we don’t just remove your pest bird or animal but, we also repair the damage they have caused to your home, retail building, roof and more.

We have an expert on site to properly repair and match your existing materials.

Anytime Gulls are landing on the corners or parapet of your roof you would be greatly benefitted by the Electrical Bird Shock Flex System. Customers with commercial air conditioning, commercial water cooling towers, commercial air filtration would also benefit. Customers on the residential side, particularly if they have a black or very dark coloured roof - gulls are attracted to black- a strip of the proper size flex track across the peak of the roof would keep the Seagulls away.

Large and/or long commercial pipelines, exhaust pipes or any lines near water you want to keep the seagulls off of to prevent rusting and rotting of the pipe material could benefit from the Flex Track System. The excrement from seagulls and other birds is very acidic and can rot throughout many different materials over time, destroying it and the contents.

There are several different types of bird shock flex track systems on the market that are very good deterrents to birds. some are better than other for our cold climate. Flex track systems don't work with snow and ice on them. The cold and the weight of snow and ice can damage the wires and interfere with the effectiveness of the shock. Canada’s colder climate demands a heavier duty system that isn’t affected by our winters. As with any other equipment, the Electrical Bird Shock Flex System must be inspected in the spring and fall for connections, breakage and regular maintenance. Spring will bring the heaviest bird populations compared to any other time of year.

The Electric Bird Shock Flex Track comes in different sizes and widths for different species. Small for starlings to extra large for turkey vultures and similar sized birds.

Bird Wire is a stainless steel wire system stretched between a series of poles and attached with wire springs to the poles. This creates a very unstable landing area for any bird as the springs make the wire keep moving and the wire is thin enough the bird can’t get a grip on it.
Bird wire is extremely low profile and is used widely throughput North America. It also carries GSA approval for historic buildings.

The Bird Wire system is very discreet . It is the least visible of all ledge products and is often utilized on high visibility ledges where architectural appeal is important.

The nylon coated, spring tensioned, stainless steel wire is attached to small stainless steel posts at differing heights at various intervals. These posts are attached to just about any surface using nylon anchor rivets which requires drilling into the surface. Glue on bases are also available as are specialized brackets and clamps for pipes and gutters. These allow for installation on hard to protect surfaces. Split pins can also be used to install Bird Wire inside window reveals.

Product Overview

Where to use:
Long, exposed ledges, parapets, signs, beams, pipes etc.

Target Bird:
Pigeon or larger

Bird Pressure:

Stainless steel, nylon coated wire is attached to stainless steel posts and tensioned using springs

Ease of Installation:
Not difficult, but labour intensive.


Ledge Protection Systems

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Eliminating pest bird problems may become complicated, frustrating, and costly. When it comes to bird control, offense is your best defense. Pro active bird control strategies, rather than reactive solutions, will give you much better and lasting results.

The number one bird problem on buildings is birds roosting and nesting on roofs and ledges. Their droppings deface and damage buildings and create unsafe and unhealthy conditions.

To keep birds off ledges, we use high quality, tested and tried equipment and devices such as points, coils, pin and wire, and electric shock repellers.

Please use the left hand menu or the links below for detailed information on each of these ledge protection systems: