KEEPWATCH ON YOUR PLUM TREES

The Wellingtonian - - Front Page -

Not only will you en­joy the sight of plum blos­som open­ing, but you’ll pos­si­bly see one of the great­est threats to a good plum harvest op­er­at­ing right be­fore your eyes. Kereru, or na­tive wood­pi­geon, de­light in fill­ing their crops with plum blos­som and the newly-opened leaves form­ing on the tips of the plum branches. By be­ing ob­ser­vant, you can see the process in ac­tion and scare the birds off, if that’s your de­sire. I learned long ago that shoo­ing kereru away is a fairly point­less ac­tiv­ity, as they are very de­ter­mined birds and never give up try­ing to fill their bel­lies with whatever takes their fancy. They sim­ply re­turn again and again un­til they’re full. I try in­stead, to cap­ture them on film, or even in my mem­ory to en­joy

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