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Saturday 20 July 2019

'Harry Styles life size cardboard cut-out scared away crows who were battering my windows' - is there anything One Direction star Harry can't solve?

Harry Styles
Harry Styles
A black crow
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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An Irish grandmother turned to a life size cardboard cut-out of One Direction star Harry Styles to scare away crows that were 'battering' the windows of her home.

Sheila McRedmond contacted RTE Radio One's 'Liveline' programme and told broadcaster Joe Duffy that Harry was her saviour when it came to a murder of crows circling around her home.

She said one of the crows "really really batters the window, my biggest fears is that it's so weak and it will break", Sheila said.

"But to be honest with you, he's doing it so long now, I've gotten used to it.

(L to R) Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles
(L to R) Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles
Louis Tomlinson, from left, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, and Liam Payne of One Direction accept the award for top duo/group at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Left to right: Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles of One Direction. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
File photo from 2014: Left to right, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles as Malik has left One Direction. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

"Basically I ignore him. Some mornings I'll open the door and just look at him and he will fly away," she explained.

Joe asked her when the problem worsens.

"It's more so as the spring comes in and all, and I asked around and I was told that they're kind of at mating time, they see this reflection, and they think it's an adversary and so they go up and kind of start fighting with them," she explained to Joe.

Sheila was given all manner of advice to deal with the crows outside her home, with people urging her to put something in the window, such as a curtain or a piece of paper.

However, Harry Styles soon became her saviour.

"My granddaughter left a life size cut-out of Harry Styles, I had that standing there in the window looking out and that did the job until she took it home," she said.

A black crow
A black crow
Harry Styles

Harry seemed to work - the crows flew from outside her bedroom and living room windows to her shed.

She also told Joe she didn't have to resort to playing One Direction music.

Another listener told the programme they had the same problem with crows some years ago with the noise starting at 6am.

"We had a large two foot doll, and we put it sitting in the patio and they never came back. That was ten years ago," he added.

He described the doll - which belonged to his daughter - as "crinkly faced with a woolly kind of hair on it."

Another woman told Joe she hung tin foil plates from her window frame and it was successful in warding off crows.

However, another listener provided food for thought when she told of how a crow went rooting through her bag, and took out a six pack of rice cakes and golf balls with it's beak.

"I had a very interesting experience two weeks ago in Wicklow Golf Club," Ann said.

"I was playing with two friends and we were playing on the 11th Green.

"So I had just taken a putt and the two girls literally screamed and at the back of us, one of the girls, actually her bag, he [the crow] opened the zip on the bag.

"He took out a full big scarf and threw it on the ground, then he took out three golf balls in a box, and dropped them to the ground.

"[He then] took a full six pack of rice cakes, flew off with rice cakes and dropped them on the 12th, [and then] 12 crows standing around pecking at them until they were gone.

"It was frightening, it really was" she laughed.

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