I have a small Fig tree (Ficus carica) which produces lovely  fruit which is green on the outside and pink in the middle. The birds love them and last year I struggled to get any. I had used bags to cover the fruit which didn't stop the birds at all. One morning I watched two crows working together to untie a bag over the very last fig, it's hard not to admire their tenacity!

This year I have put a double layer of bird netting over the tree and today we put up a "Scare Hawk" as an added defense to deter the birds.

The tree isn't very large but produces very well and today we managed to pick 6 ripe figs which were delicious. I'm hoping to get enough to make a couple of jars of jam.

We are interested in seeing whether the hawk is successful in keeping birds away from the trees, as even with the netting the birds often still peck at the fruit. If it works we'll also put them near the mango trees.

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Comment by Trisha Rogers on February 6, 2012 at 6:09

I bought the "Scare Hawk" from http://www.hawkbirdscarer.com/index.php on line.

Comment by Lyn Buffett on February 5, 2012 at 22:12

Where did you get the scare hawk from?

I hate seeing green passion fruit on the ground that the crows of cockatoos have picked off the vines.  Neither of us get a feed when they do that!


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