Help....Robins Eating My Current Tomatoes and Grapes

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Help....Robins Eating My Current Tomatoes and Grapes

Post by Bill » Thu, 24 Jul 2008 09:39:08



Quote:

> I've caught two robins today eating our grapes and current tomatoes.

> Seriously.  I thought I was seeing things, never have seen or heard of
> this before, but here is one study/reference to robins pilfering
> grapes....

> http://www.moonsgarden.com/

> What should I do?  Should I put poison on the vines?  Or shoot them?
> Set up a propane cannon to frighten them and the neighbors and attract
> the cops?  Should I begin an all out pre-emptive process of eradication
> of robins, and cedar waxwings for that matter,  in order to keep my
> grapes?

> They are *mine*, I say, all *mine*....my grapes and 'maters and no
> stinking *** no-good vermin tomato/grape-thieving robin deserves a
> one of them,  not a danged one!

> Or should I just enjoy watching the action and know that other
> creatures are benefitting from our crop.  Ya' learn sumpthin' everyday,
> it seems.  Some interesting fun things and some ugly sad things.

> Charlie

> "All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age
> of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind."

>                                                 Adam Smith

  They look at me with a wary eye.
Why does he look at us?
 Must be hungry.
Why bother my feeding else.
  Always hungry this hairy ape.
Best to take his food and water
But avoid it and it's machines.

 Robin musing.

 Bill

--
Garden in shade zone 5 S Jersey USA

 
 
 

Help....Robins Eating My Current Tomatoes and Grapes

Post by Tom » Thu, 24 Jul 2008 09:43:36


Quote:

> I've caught two robins today eating our grapes and current tomatoes.

> Seriously.  I thought I was seeing things, never have seen or heard
> of
> this before, but here is one study/reference to robins pilfering
> grapes....

> http://www.ajevonline.org/cgi/content/abstract/27/4/161

> What should I do?

You could always buy a roll of bird netting, but you could go to the
market and buy tomatoes and grapes cheaper. :-(

Tom J

 
 
 

Help....Robins Eating My Current Tomatoes and Grapes

Post by Bill » Thu, 24 Jul 2008 19:00:55


Quote:


> >  They look at me with a wary eye.
> >Why does he look at us?
> > Must be hungry.
> >Why bother my feeding else.
> >  Always hungry this hairy ape.
> >Best to take his food and water
> >But avoid it and it's machines.

> > Robin musing.

> Yours?  Nicely done, whoever done it.

 Yup.

Bill

--
Garden in shade zone 5 S Jersey USA

 
 
 

Help....Robins Eating My Current Tomatoes and Grapes

Post by Wil » Thu, 24 Jul 2008 22:50:34



Quote:
> I've caught two robins today eating our grapes and current tomatoes.

> Seriously. ?I thought I was seeing things, never have seen or heard of
> this before, but here is one study/reference to robins pilfering
> grapes....

> http://www.moonsgarden.com/

> What should I do? ?Should I put poison on the vines? ?Or shoot them?
> Set up a propane cannon to frighten them and the neighbors and attract
> the cops? ?Should I begin an all out pre-emptive process of eradication
> of robins, and cedar waxwings for that matter, ?in order to keep my
> grapes?

> They are *mine*, I say, all *mine*....my grapes and 'maters and no
> stinking *** no-good vermin tomato/grape-thieving robin deserves a
> one of them, ?not a danged one!

> Or should I just enjoy watching the action and know that other
> creatures are benefitting from our crop. ?Ya' learn sumpthin' everyday,
> it seems. ?Some interesting fun things and some ugly sad things.

> Charlie

> "All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age
> of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind."

> ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Adam Smith

Life's been better for me as well since I started my garden.

Wil

 
 
 

Help....Robins Eating My Current Tomatoes and Grapes

Post by ctlad » Fri, 25 Jul 2008 01:27:23


See if your local garden supply store has reflective bird tape.  I had
a problem with crows eating my corn and I hung this tape criss-cross
over the corn patch and now I've got it on my blueberries.  We put 6
foot stakes in the ground surrounding the blueberry bushes and I put
plastic netting over the top and two sides attached to the stakes.
Until I could find the time to continue with the other two sides, I
tied one end of 2 to 3 foot lengths of bird tape all around and the
constant flapping and waving of the tape keeps the birds away.
Quote:
> I've caught two robins today eating our grapes and current tomatoes.

> Seriously. ?I thought I was seeing things, never have seen or heard of
> this before, but here is one study/reference to robins pilfering
> grapes....

> http://www.moonsgarden.com/

> What should I do? ?Should I put poison on the vines? ?Or shoot them?
> Set up a propane cannon to frighten them and the neighbors and attract
> the cops? ?Should I begin an all out pre-emptive process of eradication
> of robins, and cedar waxwings for that matter, ?in order to keep my
> grapes?

> They are *mine*, I say, all *mine*....my grapes and 'maters and no
> stinking *** no-good vermin tomato/grape-thieving robin deserves a
> one of them, ?not a danged one!

> Or should I just enjoy watching the action and know that other
> creatures are benefitting from our crop. ?Ya' learn sumpthin' everyday,
> it seems. ?Some interesting fun things and some ugly sad things.

> Charlie

> "All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age
> of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind."

> ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Adam Smith

 
 
 

Help....Robins Eating My Current Tomatoes and Grapes

Post by R M. Watki » Sat, 26 Jul 2008 03:25:04


Hi All,

See if your local garden supply store has reflective bird tape.  I had
a problem with crows eating my corn and I hung this tape criss-cross
over the corn patch and now I've got it on my blueberries.  We put 6
foot stakes in the ground surrounding the blueberry bushes and I put
plastic netting over the top and two sides attached to the stakes.
Until I could find the time to continue with the other two sides, I
tied one end of 2 to 3 foot lengths of bird tape all around and the
constant flapping and waving of the tape keeps the birds away.

Use old video tape is does the same job. Hope this helps you.

            Richard M. Watkin.

Quote:
> I've caught two robins today eating our grapes and current tomatoes.

> Seriously. I thought I was seeing things, never have seen or heard of
> this before, but here is one study/reference to robins pilfering
> grapes....

> http://www.moonsgarden.com/

> What should I do? Should I put poison on the vines? Or shoot them?
> Set up a propane cannon to frighten them and the neighbors and attract
> the cops? Should I begin an all out pre-emptive process of eradication
> of robins, and cedar waxwings for that matter, in order to keep my
> grapes?

> They are *mine*, I say, all *mine*....my grapes and 'maters and no
> stinking *** no-good vermin tomato/grape-thieving robin deserves a
> one of them, not a danged one!

> Or should I just enjoy watching the action and know that other
> creatures are benefitting from our crop. Ya' learn sumpthin' everyday,
> it seems. Some interesting fun things and some ugly sad things.

> Charlie

> "All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age
> of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind."

> Adam Smith