Mockingbirds Scare Off Berry-Stealing Crows

Mother nature provides effective pesty-crow control in the garden.
By Stephen Quina
February/March 2012
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Enlist the help of mockingbirds to protect your homegrown fare.
PHOTO: FOTOLIA/STEVE BYLAND


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In 2010, crows reaped the best of my ripe blueberries and grapes. I was considering what to do for 2011 when I noticed that a mockingbird had built a nest in a brush pile in the garden that I was planning on burning.

I left the brush pile, and the mockingbird has kept the crows out of the garden ever since.

Stephen Quina
Branford, Florida








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