August 17, 2007
I NEED A GOOD BIRD DOG
I discovered that the culprits attacking my Asian pears are birds . The bites appeared to be what a squirrel or rat would make and if I hadn't seen it for myself I wouldn't have believed it was the birds. I had no clue that birds could be so destructive.
My Jojo is a rat terrier and chases them and the squirrels but the birds are so high up she doesn't pay attention to them. Cleo, the Norwegian Elkhound, doesn't pay attention to them at all.
The tree is rather small so I bought a net and wrapped it around and secured it to the trunk. If this doesn't work I will have to try some other suggestions. I've been reading up on it and some people go so far as to tie paper bags around the fruit. Then we'll certainly having people making remarks about our " bag tree. " I once tied rocks on strings to train the young Pear's branches and someone asked me what kind of tree it was. I couldn't resist and said it's a rock tree of course.
One of my friends suggested an electronic "bird in distress " device that is suppose to scare them off. If all else fails I'll probably try it .