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Orchard - Bird Management

Several bird species may cause substantial damage by feeding on ripening fruit. Bird damage usually is most severe in orchards that are adjacent to wild or brushy areas where birds find refuge, breeding sites, and other sources of food. Regular monitoring will help you determine when damage actually starts so you can take action early. Watch for the movement of birds into or within the orchard. As fruit begin to ripen, look for fruit that is damaged or has been knocked from the tree. Bird counts can help you determine when control measures are necessary and whether previous controls are having an effect. Each season monitor birds moving into the orchard from adjacent habitat and keep track of species by count and location if you have had substantial damage in the past. These records will help you plan control strategies in advance.

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