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Are the birds targeting you?

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You just washed your car, you find the perfect parking place in the shade, and when you get out: splat. A bird has done his business right in the middle of your shiny hood.

Everyone's had that happen, but are some cars targeted more than others? I discovered a recent study that says yes, and it could have some of you seeing red.

Scientists in England must be getting bored. They recently studied which colors on cars attract the most bird droppings in five cities around Britain.

Their findings? Eighteen percent of red cars were marked with droppings, 14% were blue, 11% were black, 7% were white, 3% were silver, and green was the lowest with 1%. I guess they don't have yellow cars in England.

Does that hold true here in the States?

Ruth Compton, who drives a red car, said, "What could I say to that?"

"Well, I see you have a little problem right here," I pointed out, looking at a suspicious white streak.

Bobby Long has a crimson car and said, "Oh they do, if it's under a tree."

Jeremy Andrus drives a red car and said, "Actually, yes. I can park at my house, and three birds just come and sit there all the time. I've had a blue car before, they never even bothered it, and now I have a red car and they're always there."

"They're always there and always doing their business on your car?" I asked.

"Exactly," he replied.

Edward Estrada stated," I've had a red vehicle for over ten years and I've suffered the pain." Several other red auto owners felt the same, but why? Let me draw you a picture.

According to, birds active during the day see in color, and several birds react badly to red. Over at, they say irritated birds may flash a prominent color like red to warn off an intruder.

"I do agree with that," said Edward Estrada.

"I think he's stalking you," I said, pointing at a nearby bird.

"I have to go now. I better get away," Edward laughed.

I conducted my own "scientific" study in a typical downtown, shooting only marked vehicles. I found two white cars that have some extra white, four black cars, five silver cars, and seven red cars with "nature's paint," and there were far fewer red cars in the area than neutral colors.

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