[NAFEX] Varmints and Netting
swim_at_svc at yahoo.com
Sat Nov 24 10:34:32 EST 2007
The first year my goumi fruited, I watched the fruit develop with anticipation. One night they were starting to color up and the next morning the bush was stripped bare. The following year I netted the bush (hoop house with netting around it) and watched again. No interest from the birds until one morning I looked out and found about 20 robins perched on the hoops and netting eyeing the fruit. The robins around here are very persistent. They are the number 1 varmints in depredating my small fruit. The repeatedly charge at the netting and occasionally are able to dislodge it unless I am very careful and inspect regularly.
From time to time a bird will get caught in the netting. I always find them after the fact, and they are always robins. Forgive me, but I feel no remorse from the occasional death of these varmint thieves. My parents have a few cherry trees and almost never get a cherry because the robins are at them before they ripen.
Anyone care to comment about which birds are the worst offenders in your area?
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