[NAFEX] fake grape clusters
b.harrick at ilslaunch.com
Tue Jul 22 09:23:43 EDT 2008
Hi Jim--I'm surprised you haven't found the fake grape clusters at
hobby/craft stores. Usually anyplace that has a good fake flower
selection will have the grape clusters.
the plastic clusters are 2 dollars at this link (Chicago).
more colors available at this site (Washington State)
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I get the beads from a store that sells hobby and craft supplies.
spherical, beads come in several sizes. Some are faceted and work as
as the plain ones. I buy beads that are the most similar to the size of
fruit that I'm trying to imitate. I use these in my cherry and
I leave these beads in place the year around.
Then there are (red) berry beads..................they look so alike
raspberries that people are fooled and attempt to pick them. They come
three sizes and I use all three to duplicate actual, possible, berry
Darcey (I believe that is the name of the importing company) now sells
berry beads but they don't fool the birds so I spray painted them black
now they are effective in the black raspberry patch where I also hang
berry beads. I put these beads out as soon after the raspberries start
flowering and remove them as I pick the (ripe) fruit.
These decoys aren't always 100% effective but they help. My biggest
problem is robins and the beads are quite effective on them. Cat Birds,
don't know about, because they are easy to scare off and they don't
back whereas robins can be scared off but they forget the scare and
back. Black berry beads don't work on chickadees but my Morus alba
(Black-fruited Mulberry) keeps them out of the berry patch. And, if I
more than one or two mulberry fruits, the chickadees land in the tree
scold me - That's THEIR tree!!!
Grapes? I haven't had success with grapes. I tried individual
beads but the birds weren't fooled; they seem to know the difference
a lone bead and a 'bunch' of grapes. I'd like to try plastic
grapes but I don't have a source.
Strawberry decoys are easy! I paint (pebble size and larger) stones
and scatter them in the berry patch as soon as flowering ceases. I have
zero problems with birds eating strawberries.
Peaches and apricots haven't attracted birds (yet) but, when that
happens, I suppose I'll figure something out; why don't you invent
and tell me about it.
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