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Thu Jul 12 00:07:05 EDT 2012
That's interesting and makes me want to ask if anybody knows how to effectively discourage robins. Here in western PA, they are a small fruit disaster. They are aggressive, persistent and destroy whole crops of cherries, blueberries, currants, gooseberries, etc. Just about any small fruit will be taken before it has a chance to fully ripen. They appear to be the overwhelmingly dominant fruit-destructive bird here.
I've taken to netting plants on a large scale, but that is expensive and a lot of work.
The only thing that seems to work a bit is to have lots of cats around in the growing area. But then you need to work at herding cats, another challenging task.
I am fairly sure that you are not allowed to hunt or kill them. Any ideas?
--- On Wed, 7/11/12, Elizabeth Hilborn <ehilborn at mebtel.net> wrote:
> From: Elizabeth Hilborn <ehilborn at mebtel.net>
> Subject: Re: [nafex] Crows!!!
> To: "nafex mailing list at ibiblio" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 10:16 PM
> Hi Jerry,
> Crow season in NC:
> CROW SEASONS
> Season Bag Limits- No restriction
> Aug. 3, 2011 to Feb. 29, 2012–Wednesday,
> Friday and Saturday of each week plus Labor
> Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New
> Year’s Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
> June 6, 2012 to July 28, 2012–Wednesday,
> Friday and Saturday of each week plus
> Independence Day.
> If you leave the carcasses in the orchard it may discourage
> others. They
> are pretty smart about avoiding dangerous areas, and they
> among themselves well.
> Good luck!
> Betsy Hilborn
> 7a central NC
> On 7/11/2012 12:16 PM, Jerry Levit wrote:
> > Our neighbors the crows are having a field day in our
> orchard. We have 66 dwarf apple trees on a Marchand trellis,
> 15 semi-dwarf apples and four semi-dwarf pear trees. The
> trees range between 4 and 6 years old and this is their
> first year of serious production. Unfortunately for us, the
> crows are getting most of the nearly-ripe fruit. We have put
> up scare tape, deployed an owl scarecrow and are employing a
> Bird Gard Pro sound device. Each system worked for about
> four or five days. I don't mind sharing some of our harvest
> with the critters. I just want my fair share. Short of
> netting each tree are there any other ideas that folks on
> this list that have proven effective. Thanks for your
> insights and experience.
> > Jerry Levit
> > Windy Meadows
> > 4371 Russell Road
> > Graham, NC 27253
> > jerlevit at gmail.com
> > 336.376.5559 (Farm)
> > 919.824.6843 (Cell)
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