I guess I'm sending a mixed message to the barn swallow. My sign in my front window says "Country Welcome" and the little bird houses may look inviting to a bird. You may say why don't you just let the little birds make their clay nest and raise their babies? I have to walk directly under the nest and I don't want mites in my hair. When someone comes on my front porch I don't want them to see the poop. Every afternoon late I climb the ladder and scrape the new nest down and wash the remains away. Everyday they start all over. Who will win this war? They are persistant but so am I. The snake didn't work. It is still up there but they mock me by building right over it. Sooo yesterday in Wal*Mart I ask a clerk in the garden shop if they happen to have a plastic owl. Wow! They had a bunch of them and two different kinds. I didn't need to be embarresed to ask. Someone must be buying plastic owls for some reason. The one with the moving head was around $ 20.00 and the stationery head one was about $10.00 so I opted for the cheaper one. What am I going to do with a plastic owl if it doesn't work? I hung it up and it seemed it might work butttt today I noticed the birds had lit on the rain gutter very near the owl and their choice spot and was just waiting there like vultures. I'm thinking they are waiting to see if the owl will leave or trying to figure out if it is real. Birds may be more educated then they used to be, you know like kids? Tonight when it got good and dark I shined my cow keychain light that is supposed to make a sound like a cow but it sounds more like a pig. Leah my daughter gave it to me. The same daughter who gave me a cow that poops chocolate jelly beans. There was one bird up there and a little nest started. I squirted the soapy water that I use to squirt plants up that direction as the light and funny sound came on. The bird left so I turned on the porch light so it can clearly see Mr. Owl. I'll see what happens tomorrow.