September- Our Old Vineyards Grapes Get Sweeter + Bird Control Results

The month of September saw our old vineyards grapes start to sweeten and in turn be a draw for more birds. In my last post I mentioned that we were trying an experiment in bird control with fish line crisscrossing over the vineyard, with an east and west row being covered with bird netting (this would allow us to compare the difference between the two methods.) What we found and what the pictures below show is that our fish line method did very little to deter birds from getting to our grapes. We also found that birds would peck at the grapes to taste if they were sweet enough and if they weren’t they would leave them and then bees (and possible ants) would help them selves to the grapes (only if the grapes were punctured, they never seemed to bother with whole grapes. Our grapes covered by netting suffered very little damage.

Bee helping himself to grapes that had first tasted by birds.

Bee helping himself to grapes that had first tasted by birds.

This picture show bird damage in our test are for fish line. Birds had no problem picking the stems clean

This picture show bird damage in our test are for fish line. Birds had no problem picking the stems clean

Image of our posts we used to prop up our fish line.

Image of our posts we used to prop up our fish line.

Bird damage on vines that follow the perimeter of the vineyard. These vines were neither covered by fish line or by bird nets.

Bird damage on vines that follow the perimeter of the vineyard. These vines were neither covered by fish line or by bird nets.

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