strawberry thief - sort of

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izzy_mack
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strawberry thief - sort of

Post by izzy_mack » Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:34 pm

Any one know what has happened to my strawberries? I have dealt reasonably well with snails and blackbirds but I have just gone out to pick any ripe ones and there are hardly any berries left on the bushes. Something has "picked" virtually every berry, white unripe ones included, and left them in heaps. I haven't seen anything like it before and I've grown them for some time.

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Re: strawberry thief - sort of

Post by jansman » Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:44 pm

Birds. They know the exact second that any berries are at their best! I have a cherry tree from which I NEVER get any fruit. The birds will strip it in hours! :lol:
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Re: strawberry thief - sort of

Post by izzy_mack » Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:06 pm

jansman wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:44 pm
Birds. T
I did wonder but they aren't just eating the ripe fruit they are picking the fruit off the bush and making a pile of it in corners. Unripe fruits too, it's weird.

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Re: strawberry thief - sort of

Post by Medusa » Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:54 pm

How strange! I had a thief too. I left my two best heads of broccoli to harvest the next day. Arrived home to my husband telling me that we must have a new kind of pest as the broccoli had disappeared. It turned out to be one of our daughters who visited, saw it and thought she would take it home for her tea.
Growing old disgracefully!

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Re: strawberry thief - sort of

Post by jansman » Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:59 am

izzy_mack wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:06 pm
jansman wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:44 pm
Birds. T
I did wonder but they aren't just eating the ripe fruit they are picking the fruit off the bush and making a pile of it in corners. Unripe fruits too, it's weird.
Squirrels?
In three words I can sum up everything I have learned about life: It goes on.

Robert Frost.

Covid 19: After that level of weirdness ,any situation is certainly possible.

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Re: strawberry thief - sort of

Post by tarmactatt » Wed Sep 23, 2020 9:09 pm

Had squirrels decimate my strawberries this year, they nibbled the stalks above the ripe and unripe fruits. Sounds like you might have squirrels or mice?

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