[NAFEX] Varmints and Netting
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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.
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