Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Mystery Solved

It's funny how I got so excited about the grapes every season. I'm always amazed that they grow here in Nova Scotia even though there is an established wine industry in the province.


Here's a pic of  some of them. We have two pergolas covered in grape vines and usually covered in grapes this time of year.


 I posted this shot last week.




I have been sampling them all week and they were just about right. Today I went out to sample a few and this is what I found.




I  checked the others and they were all gone as well  except for these.




Now I know what all the ruckus was about one day last week. There were a flock of starlings high up in the trees and just a-squawking at us when we came out.


I think we interrupted them while they were feasting on the grapes !




It's not like my grape jelly ever 'comes out' the way it's supposed to.......like jelly and not like syrup. 


Actually, I'm really not that disappointed. The birds have to eat too. And they don't waste them like I have been doing the past few years.









24 comments:

  1. They picked you bare! They were obviously watching for when the grapes ripened too!

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  2. Aww so sweet. Sharing with the birds your precious grapes. And they do look delicious!! Lucky birds. I love the grape harvest this time of year... They are so tasty. Our grape harbor didn't fare so well. Gary actually put a net over it to keep the birds away but it didn't work. But we usually end up wasting them as well - so good for the birdies. I get my grapes at the market... :)

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  3. I had a bit of a chuckle there, I am afraid. Sorry. I've noticed that the birds have been really busy on the last of my scuppernong. I removed my "snakes" and let the birds have at it!

    Those starlings are a noisy bunch, aren't they?

    Have a great day!

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  4. We had a fig bush that I would check every single day and those birds STILL beat me to it! They did the same thing with our muscadine grapes and blueberries. We finally cut down the fig bush (it was in hub's way when he mowed, anyway), the forest has engulfed the grape bower and there are gigantic spider webs on the blueberry bushes (EWWWWWW). I suppose the birds still know where the bower is, but I don't care since I don't like muscadine grapes anyway!

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  5. When we lived in suburbia, every year the robins feasted on our grapes.

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  6. Wow! At leas tthey left you a dozen or so to snack on... the 'Starlings of Wrath' as they were.

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  7. Those starlings! I know that most people consider them nuisance birds, but I get a kick out of them. I love to watch them bustle around the yard. And, this time of year, the flight patterns that they make are so spectacular. How in the world do they all turn and wheel in such synchronization?

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  8. OH MY GOSH, Well you are right. The grapes went to good use. I am still baby-sitting our new vines. Hoping next year will be our first harvest of a few bunches.

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  9. Funny, the same happens with our grapes, apples, pears and just about anything we plant.

    We are happy to support the local critters and the local grocery, where we can get things vine ripened and properly prepared.

    It's nice to watch it all grow though.

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  10. Sorry, that made me laugh so much!!!!! xxx

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  11. I always have to remind myself that Starlings do need to eat too--But they gobble down everything at my feeders and chase the smaller birds away. I have to admit to not liking them very much when they show up...But I think there may be people who might say the same thing about me! ;-)

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  12. Re: your comment on my post - not sure what that is, could be basil, I looked closer, have another one in there and one in the pot next to it, so it must be reseeding itself! Thanks for your suggestion!

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  13. I hope the grapes had not fermented.
    We've had drunk Cedar Waxwings before!
    hiccup! :)
    ~K

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  14. I'm glad you want the starlings to have their share. I love the light coming through the leaves in the photos. Your place must be something else. It looks so pretty.--Inger

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  15. Our grapes have just ripened fully. They really took off this year.

    We did have bird and deer problems early on. The jays were picking them green! So we put up row cover and thankfully managed to save most of them.

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  16. We don`t have grapes but my MIL`s cherry tree is always picked clean before she can harvest a single cherry!

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  17. We grew grapes at one of our homes, 40 years back - black muscat grapes - great if dried as black muscatels, loads of kilajoules. Cuttings were given to us by a kind Croatian neighbour - I think they came out from Europe in a suitcase of a relative LOL! Produced huge amounts of luscious black grapes which we ate from the vine and he harvested the excess to make Red Grappa brandy - about 60% proof.

    Anyway, each year as the grapes over-ripened in the sun the Pied Currawongs, a species of medium-sized passerine birds belonging to the genus Strepera native to Australasia, would move in and feast on the remnants, even hopping on the ground beneath the vine to get the lower, protected fruit and clean up the ones on the ground.

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  18. Jim, the flower that you admired on my blog is a scabiosa. Here's an example. http://www.pendernursery.com/Catalog/Detail/scabiosacolumbariabutterflyblu.html

    Miserable name for such a pretty thing, isn't it?

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  19. Happy Fall and Harvest! Have a great week!

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  20. Those starlings had their timing just right! I hope the birds keep away from my paw-paws! (some hope)

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  21. sorry for your "loss"!!... but you can always find jelly at the market. you can expect the birds to come again next year...
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  22. Naughty Starlings. They attack my bird table & scare the other birds away.
    We had a vine in Spain but covered in some kind of fungus - even the birds didn't want the grapes...but the ants did !
    These days, I would do something about it but then I had a baby to look after & not much time for gardening.
    We also had an almond orchard & apricot tree. It was a rented house.
    Oh how funny, I'm looking out of my kitchen window & the sarlings are lined up along the telephone wires ! Quite menacing !

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  23. So that's what flew over the parking lot and deposited purple-jelly all over my car.

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