Aug-Sept saw our first explosion of fruit on the Old Vineyard since replanting it. We decided to try an experiment in bird control using fish line. Using 2 foot poles we strung fish line across the hole of the vineyard in a crisscross pattern. We covered only the two outside rows with netting(as traditionally done) and left the rest of the vineyard open to see if fish line was a suitable deterrent for birds.
Vines bearing fruit in old vineyard. This shows grapes at beginning of our fishline experiment. No bird damage.
Vines bearing fruit in old vineyard. This shows grapes at beginning of our fishline experiment. Again no bird damage.
This shows the netting we used on the two outside rows of the vineyard. Netting does a great job at protection but some fruit can still be accessed by birds if the fruit is up against the net as is shown here.
Another show of the netting used on the two outside rows. This shows west row covered.
Here we see the first signs of bird damage in the area covered in fish line.
One of the poles we used to hold the fish line.
Shot of criss cross patter of fish line we used over vine yard.
As soon as fruit turned purple it seemed that it was attracted birds. Though the damage at this point was minimal. I was able to observe birds flying through and around fish line during the day and early morning.
In the old vineyard we also have vines planted around the perimeter of the fence. These were not covered by netting or fish line.