On top of our mall, on the walls near the food court, which has an outdoor patio, you can see a prominent owl.
It is mechanical and solar-powered. Occasionally it moves its head quickly from side to side, to give it a real appearance.
There are several on the roof of the mall. They keep the birds away, all kinds of birds, large birds like seagulls, and smart birds like crows. We have a lot of both in our neighborhood. Owls are known by birds to be fierce, fearless predators, and when birds see one of them, they stay away.
Apparently the birds figure out they are dummies if they stay in one place too long. So once a month a man comes around to service and move them.
That’s the scare-owl-man. I had a chat with him today.