[NAFEX] finches in apple trees

akmanty akmanty at localnet.com
Sun May 13 18:12:53 EDT 2007

Good idea, will try.  Thank you.

At 09:09 AM 5/8/2007, you wrote:
>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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