Saturday, June 20, 2009

Welcome to Motel 6

Visitors to Motel 6 in Cocoa Beach might wonder at the owls lined up along the edge of the roof, looking for all the world like welcoming doormen! (Click on photo to enlarge)

There's not much room left on Cocoa Beach's beaches for bird nests, so birds such as terns and skimmers have adapted to nesting on gravel-topped roofs. The plastic owls on the roof are designed to keep these birds away.
How's that working out? Apparently, the birds believe the owls are there to welcome THEM! (Look closely at the photo above to see a bird next to the owl, peering over the edge of the roof.)
Our thanks to Margie Mitchell for the photos and the sense of humor and to Motel 6 for their humane attempt at controlling Mother Nature.

1 comment:

David McRee said...

Great post Marge! As you note, rooftops have become a very important nesting place for some of our coastal birds. Unfortunately, flat roofs are no longer in vogue and are being replaced with pitched roofs, further reducing the opportunities for bird nesting.