We live in rural Spotsylvania County, Virginia, and grow many vegetables and fruits in our yard and gardens. We planted Navajo thornless blackberries along the fence that defines our driveway. The plants took off and have been very robust, but we have competed with the birds for years for the fruit. These plants produce giant thumb-sized succulent blackberries by the gallon. We have six cats and they help deter the birds; we tried nylon netting, and diligent daily harvesting, but nothing seemed to keep the birds from stealing at least half of the blackberries. Have you priced blackberries at the grocery store? I guarantee you they cost much more per pound than beef, or even lamb and veal. At our wits ends to stop the birds, we finally discovered the website for The Whirlybird! We put one whirlybird on the top of a fence-post in the very middle of the blackberries and the birds have disappeared! They are freaked out by the motion, the sound, the reflections of light. Our retired neighbor chopped down a cherry tree on his land because he said the birds always beat him to the fruit and he had huge flocks in his yard when the cherries were perfectly ripe. We told him about the whirlybird and he was sorry he didn’t try the whirlybird first! it’s effortless! Once that thing starts spinning, your crops are safe. Our cats hunt rodents now since the birds have all but disappeared. Whirlybird is the modern scarecrow!
Roger D. Scott