The thief that has been enjoying himself in our garden was dressed all in black with a splash of yellow for his beak and a yellow line around his eye. I wouldn’t mind but I provide a nice juicy breakfast for him each morning of mealworms, he is welcome to all the slugs in the garden and this is how he repays me!
Here is our culprit, the common Blackbird, photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
We have our fruit cage up at the top of the garden with the veggies and usually check each day that there aren’t any birds that have managed to break in to the fruit. One day when I was up there I noticed that the fruit was ripe and ready for picking. Huge gooseberries weighing the branches down, green and red varieties, blackcurrants and redcurrants hanging just like bunches of grapes, thanks to all our rain which has made the fruit swell so much.
Should have picked them when I first noticed them, after a couple of days of torrential rain when we didn’t venture up the garden, next time I found a blackbird in with the fruit, it knew exactly where to get out, but had eaten all the gooseberries, every single one.
Thank goodness it hadn’t started on the redcurrants,
or the blackcurrants. As you can see, these were picked straight away and are now in the freezer.
So, I have decided that first of all, we must have a path round the edge of the lawn so that we can get up to the top of the garden no matter what the weather and second, that we must have a proper fruit cage, made from wood and wire mesh so that the birds can’t find a way in. Third, I somehow have to find a way of telling my husband that I have found some more work for him to do !!