About three years ago I discovered that my neighbor put
crow feathers around her mobile home roof to keep the birds
off, so I collected some myself and secured them to my
blueberry plants with twist ties. The birds did not bother
the blueberries at all. The next year I tied the feathers
all around in my garden, and once again the trick worked:
birds didn't touch anything, not even the green beans.
By the way, the person who sent in the suggestion in the
September "Lore" about lighting your pilot light with a
match held by a clothespin had a good idea, but a lit
strand of spaghetti works much better.