[NAFEX] Varmints and Netting

Ginda Fisher list at ginda.us
Sat Nov 24 11:11:16 EST 2007

I think the squirrels and chipmunks do more damage overall than any birds, 
but the birds I snared in netting over my blueberries and currants were 
mostly juncos.  Whether that's because they are the worst fruit-eaters or 
just because they are dumb or have poor eyesight or areotherwise prone to 
snaring, I can't say.

...... Original Message .......
On Sat, 24 Nov 2007 07:34:32 -0800 (PST) John S <swim_at_svc at yahoo.com> 
>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 
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