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Bad Birds About

(image : Randen Pederson)

Rarely will you see a more beautiful bird, and rarely will you see a greater nuisance. These gluttons come en masse, sometimes a dozen, sometimes a hundred. They are the songbird equivalent of the locust, able to reduce a berry patch to nothing in no time at all. We have had luck here in Walden, I believe, because we left a good deal of wild fruit to be. They will, for instance, eat their preferred wild red elderberry instead of attacking the strawberry beds. Though we could have pulled out the elders and planted yet another domestic crop, we left well enough alone and it had some positive consequences. It is also a reminder how complicated are the dynamics of a landscape and how one should be careful when they go blundering about with their disruptions.

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Raspberry Cane Borer

The cane borer adult lays its eggs within the stem of a raspberry plant. upon hatching the creature will eat internally and head down the stem doing continual damage. Identification of infection, mercifully, is easy to spot. Two lines running perpendicular to the cane bracket the egglaying site. A simple clip of shears can eliminate the pest if dealt with promptly. More to come…