This year our blueberry bushes have been doing very well. It has taken a few seasons but most of them are bearing abundant fruit. However, we’re not getting to harvest much of it. That honour seems to be going to one of our local blackbirds, who has figured out that the dark ones are tasty and concocted a range of strategies to get them in his beak.
In some ways it is frustrating and the classic gardening solution would be to net the bushes and protect the crop. However, it isn’t that much fruit we’re losing. Given the cost of buying food to feed the birds and the fact that we still have plenty of other fruit we can pick, I think we can let our little feathered friend continue to glean for now and enjoy his antics rather than trying to scare him off.