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How do u deter birds from picking flowers off fruit trees ?

 
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blowin



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Location: Tubbercurry , Co Sligo

PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:00 am    Post subject: How do u deter birds from picking flowers off fruit trees ?  Reply with quote

Following on from another thread which mentioned the problem of finches stripping the flowers and/or fruit from the orchard , how do you deter them ?

I rarely get to eat many of my red currants because birds take them just as they begin to change colour. I tried putting a fairly life-like scarecrow only about 10 ft away from  a couple of the bushes but that didn't work. Nor did tying bits of old video tape to the branches so they'd flutter in the wind.

I have a feeling that mounting an imitation hawk on a pole would do the trick but haven't got around to trying to source one.
What do you do ?
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Sean Ph'lib



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only solution I have found to work is make a frame around the bush and fence it in completely with garden mesh. Unfortunately,  that's not an option with trees.
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Natterjack



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you tried CDs? Blowin.

Hang em up so they spin and flash in the light and wind.
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wayland



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Natterjack wrote:
Have you tried CDs? Blowin.

Hang em up so they spin and flash in the light and wind.


We tried that to deter Wood Pigeons. Looked great but that was all they did.   I once made two shiny propellers. these were mounted on a common shaft and contra rotated. It worked well on the UK neurotic Pigeons but not these Irish yokes.
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Natterjack



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'these irish yokes'

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blowin



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Location: Tubbercurry , Co Sligo

PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Natterjack wrote:
Have you tried CDs? Blowin.
Hang em up so they spin and flash in the light and wind.

I tried that a few years ago in the hope of deterring the deer that stripped whole branches before they could even get into flower. Nope, that didn't work for them so I didn't get the opportunity to see if would have worked for birds.
Those were hanging on apple and cherry trees tho. The deer don't seem to go for the currants so I never hung cd's on them. I'll give that a try if I've still got any left ( cd's and/or currants that is ).
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