Do Birds Eat Strawberries? How to Prevent?

Cropped image of fingers holding a strawberry that's being eaten by an African gray parrot.

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pretty much any edible fruit. Birds (and many other animals) enjoy and benefit from these orchard and garden fruits just as much as we do.

In rural regions, commercial orchards, and fruit farms, lethal tactics are sometimes used to defend fruits from aerial invaders. Even if it is permitted, few suburban or cities desire to use pistols to target birds.

And, before you take any action to scare the birds away, keep in mind that they help you by preying on insects that might be causing damage to your fruit. The same precautions you take to fend off birds also keep them from consuming insects that are potentially more dangerous.

Simply the presence of birds does not mean they are actively picking on your berries. Check to see if the birds are actually consuming your fruit before adopting any counter-measures.

Birds that Feed on Berries:

You need not become alarmed if you notice birds near your berries. Certain birds consume insects only and are uninterested in the berries. Fruit and seed-eating species, on the other hand, may be dining on those berries. These few species are the likeliest to consume your berries, out of the hundreds that exist:

The robin of America

Baltimore oriole is a bird that lives in Baltimore.

Chickadee with a black cap

The blue jay is a bird that lives in the United

Grosbeak with a blackhead

Waxwing in the Bohemian style

Thrasher, brown

Bullock’s oriole is a species of oriole that lives in the United States

Waxwings in the cedars

Barbet with a crest

Bluebirds in the eastern United States

Starlings from Europe

Gray-headed catbird

Finch of the house

Wren of the house

Cardinal in the north

The northern flicker is a kind of flicker that lives in

Mockingbird in the north

The purple finch is a type of bird that is purple

Grosbeak with rose-colored breasts

Kinglet with a ruby crown

The scarlet tanager is a species of tanager that lives in

Tanagers in the summer

Titmouse with tufts

Tanager of the West

Birds will eat almost any berry or fruit, however, the following are the most usual victims:

Strawberries

Apples

Cherries

Blueberries

Grapes of Concord

Oranges

Crabapples

Raspberries

Plums

Serviceberries

Birds and Berries: How to Keep Berries Safe:

There are a number of gentle techniques to keep the berry harvest safe from local birds. Below are a handful of our favorites.

Flash Tape:

Flash tapes are exactly what they sound like: Foil or Mylar tape strips that fly in the wind and scare away birds. The birds dislike the tape’s gleam, and any moving item is effective at fending the birds off.

Pros: Foil tapes are a low-cost, compassionate, and unobtrusive option.

Cons: The birds, if excessively hungry, will risk flying close to the tape in order to gain access to a fresh berry banquet. Birds eventually learn to disregard the tape.

Aluminum Pie Plate or a CD Attached To a String:

The concept behind this approach is similar to that of Mylar flash tapes: moving, shiny things will scare away the hungry birds. Simply knot a piece of twine using the hole in CDs (or use pie plates and draw holes in them, and thread the string across it) and use a post or fence close to the berries to hang this.

Pros: Most birds will be scared away by shine and movement. Because you can utilize used CDs and aluminum pie plates, this method is also a terrific way to recycle.

Cons: This method is far from being unobtrusive. And, much like with the flash-tape approach, if the birds are starving, this strategy will not keep them away for a long time.

Netting:

This is perhaps the safest way to keep a larger portion of your berries for yourself. You may keep birds from eating the majority of your berries by putting over your smaller trees or bushes. A floating row-cover frame is also capable of assisting the netting to protect low-growing crops like strawberries from birds. A pop-up screen found at garden supply stores helps cover taller berry bushes.

Pros: The majority of the fruit is out of reach of birds. Bird netting also happens to be a relatively low-cost option.

Cons: Smaller birds may become entangled in the netting. Also, the birds will have access to the berries present on the outer edge of the plants, so you’ll still need to tolerate some losses.

Birdbath:

Birds raiding your berry patches, according to popular belief, aren’t so much hungry as thirsty. Berries are a good target for any thirsty birds due to their high water content. You provide them what they are really looking for, by having a birdbath nearby, and you will not need to worry about those birds attacking the berries.

This will work even better if you use a dripper or a fountain to include the sounds of water.

Pros: Birdbaths attract a broad range of different backyard birds, a lot of which love eating pests and insects.

Cons: If these birds are truly hungry, you’ve given them a complete meal rather than simply a drink.

Feeders for birds:

This concept works on the notion that as long as the birds have some food of their own, they will leave yours alone.

If you put one or two feeders near your berry patches, the birds are likely to head towards the feeders rather than raiding your harvest.

Pros: Attracting birds to the garden will help with pest control, just as the birdbath idea would.

Cons: In case you forget to keep the feeders filled with water, the birds may notice the delicious berries close by and gorge themselves. Your garden’s bird population may rise as a result of the bird feeder.

Radio:

A radio placed near your fruit patch or grapevines will make sufficient noise to scare away hungry birds.

Pros: Birds are scared away by noise.

Cons: Having the radio turned on an entire day can be irritating both for your neighbors and your own self. Furthermore, after the birds have become accustomed to the sounds, they will not be afraid to investigate your garden.

Enough Plants for Everyone:

Perhaps the best option is to concede that you are bound to lose some berries or grapevines and plant far more than you require. You can keep your share, while the birds can keep theirs.

Pros: If go for overplanting, you’ll almost certainly get some fruit from your garden.

Cons: You cannot rest assured that the birds will let you have your pick before cleaning everything up.

Choosing a Technique:

Any strategy will certainly provide some success regarding keeping your berry patches secure. However, netting over the crops is by far the best long-term solution. Birds have a limited harvest season, which is roughly the same as when people pick berries.

In the initial stages of berry development and ripening, you won’t have to be concerned. Only when the berries start ripening will you have to accelerate your efforts of fending off the birds.

But keep in mind that a major pleasure of gardening is seeing wildlife in your own backyard. Birds may aid by eating problem insects, not to mention that they also give a touch of liveliness to the garden. You can dwell peacefully with these avian buddies if you try these basic, humane approaches to berry protection.

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