Posted: 30/07/2017 at 09:33
I have always placed netting over those fruits I consider likely to be taken by birds [Strawberries, blueberries, red currants etc]. This year due to having to deal with some educational issues for my youngest that took up loads of time, I only managed to net the Strawberries. I fully expected fruit to disappear. No, strings of red currants like bright jewels hung down untouched, I have had my biggest harvest ever. Blueberries are ripening untouched. Is this because there are no birds? No, within 10 feet of the red currants and 6 feet from the blueberries is a Fuchsia Riccartonii. This frequently has five or si Wood pigeons on it tearing at the flowers. When the Pigeons are absent smaller birds come for the flowers all of them ignoring luscious fruit within a few feet. Have I been lucky? Are my local birds stupid? I don't know, but when I think of the time spent netting and removing nets I almost resent the failure to go for my fruit.