[NAFEX] finches in apple trees

tanis grif tanisgrif at yahoo.com
Tue May 8 10:09:28 EDT 2007

I have seen birds eating apple flower-buds too.  I think it was waxwings though. 
Mine isn't a commercial orchard and the bird numbers weren't great.  But I had to
wonder if they were after the sugars.  Probably should have looked up what waxwings
usually eat.

Just an idea: try setting out trays of chopped fruits, see if they want apples or
bananas or citrus.  Might keep them off the trees' buds, except those waxwings I saw
where in the tops of trees.

--- Stephen Sadler <> wrote:

> I combined some mylar bird-scare stuff, this page has some:
> http://tinyurl.com/23l8ce ,
> and a seed feeder.  We have also always had pyracantha, and many birds
> prefer the voluminous red-orange berries to other food sources on the
> property.  I know with the feeder you incur the additional cost of birdfeed,
> but I'm someone who likes birds in the yard, as long as they're eating the
> seeds and for-the-birds berries and leaving my food alone.  
> I found the mylar stuff works better than fake owls, as it moves with the
> slightest breeze, presenting different sounds, shapes, and colors.
> I've used netting for small red fruits like strawberries, but it seems
> impractical for trees.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: akmanty
> Sent: Monday, May 07, 2007 6:16 PM
> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: [NAFEX] finches in apple trees
> The birds have been pecking at our pre-bloom blossoms, so that cuts 
> down our fruit possibilities.  Any ideas to keep them off the 
> trees?  I'm told they don't "taste" so sprays as for deer and rabbits 
> won't work.  Tried a plastic owl; not much help.
> Netting?  Or will one do more damage when trying to remove it?

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