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Thursday, July 15, 2010

War With The Robins

Our war with the robins, who are aptly named Turdus Migratorius begins this time of year each year. The little turds are greedy gluttons.

spot the yard art?

Some years we have cherries. Some years we don't. This year we had a LOT of cherries and it was a race between us and the robins on who was going to get them first.

We have several cherry trees on the property. Some sweet and this tree which produces fabulous sour cherries in enormous quantities. The issue is that until they are fairly ripe, they are really really sour. Once they are ripe we have a window of about 5 days to get them before the little Turdus do.

So.....I've been picking and picking and picking cherries. Then pitting and pitting and pitting.

I feel like Forest Gump. Cherry jam, cherry jelly, cherry syrup, cherry cobbler, cherry ice-cream, cherry pies and bags and bags of frozen pitted cherries.

At least the rotten robins didn't get the lion's share this year.

Next......blackberries. I really am a glutton for punishment.


  1. You know how to scare Robin?

    Put up a picture of Batman.

    At the very least they will never turn their back on him.

    They might get too paranoid to touch your berries.

  2. I thought there was a theory that Robin would love to turn his back on Batman. You know. In "that" way.

  3. And looking at their 'work clothes' the suspicion might be grounded in reality.

  4. I have given up trying to rescue produce from predators. I have pears, grapes, blueberries and a few strawberries and garden produce like tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers etc. I still sprinkle sevin around the garden, but I have determined to just be grateful for what the critters leave me. (I do fight an ongoing fight to protect my wild bird seed from the squirrel, but that is just stubbornness.