[NAFEX] Varmints and Netting

ROBERT W JUDY A HARTMAN hartmansfruit at msn.com
Sat Nov 24 13:18:25 EST 2007


The commercial people put a spray on the perimeter of the cherry orchard that after the birds eat the cherries they can't talk to the other birds to let them know about where the great food source it.  They get frustrated and leave the area.  The effect wears off after awhile.

Bob
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  From: John S<mailto:swim_at_svc at yahoo.com> 
  To: North American Fruit Explorers<mailto:nafex at lists.ibiblio.org> 
  Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2007 9:17 AM
  Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Varmints and Netting


  I'm not sure if we have junco's here and not seen any issues with crows.  I've not had much trouble with starlings, but a neighbor 50' away from my fruit garden gets hit by starlings daily.  He has a huge white fruited mulberry that they visit every morning during the fruiting season.  That may be why I don't have much of a problem with them as they find the mulberries a better choice.

  Robins seem to me to be more persistent while the starlings seem to be more opportunistic.  Still, more starlings than robins so I can see that would be a problem.

  How to the commercial cherry orchards deal with the bird issues.  Do they cover their trees or have some other approach?

  John

  ROBERT W JUDY A HARTMAN <hartmansfruit at msn.com> wrote:
    Starlings, they come by the hundreds and can clean out the cherry trees in a few hours.

    Bob
    Western Washington
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      From: John S<mailto:swim_at_svc at yahoo.com> 
      To: North American Fruit Explorers<mailto:nafex at lists.ibiblio.org> 
      Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2007 7:34 AM
      Subject: [NAFEX] Varmints and Netting


      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?

      John 




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