Thursday, July 10, 2014

Why I Hate Bird Netting

What you see here (squint carefully) is the skeleton of a little black snake. It became snared in bird netting that was rolled up and stored in our barn. Probably last winter. Chasing mice perhaps?

I don't think the blasted "bird" netting has stopped a single Starling from scarfing down our blueberries - not ever.  They peck right through the damned stuff, while it snares snakes and tiny birds that fly through any opening and then can't get back out.

It's not worth it, folks, I'm just telling you.

When the berries start ripening, we now pick-pick-pick like maniacs (and drag our friends out to do the same) and then it's over.  Yep, we share.

The alternative is just too gross.
Trust me.

2 comments:

  1. We tried bird netting last yeR. 2 large black snacks got tangled in it within 2 weeks. We took it down and swore off the stuff, as well. We seems to have plenty blueberries to harvest without it.

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  2. You know, when everything on our farm was kept small we had few problems. We used many of our own fruit stock as cutting sources for Paradise Nursery (it enabled us to know all cuttings were disease free and true to variety), so the figs and berries stayed very well pruned. :). We had very little bird damage to the fruits. It was only after we retired the nursery and began letting things grow large enough for birds to comfortably that we began suffering substantial losses. A huge flock of starlings would arrive every August and completely consume our fig harvest. Hundreds of birds, I've never seen anything like it. This year all of our fig trees are having to come back fom the roots, thanks to the terrible freezes. We will have figs - not all that many - and it will be interesting to see what happens to the starlings that arrive looking for fig trees

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