Blossom-pinchers (but we love them)

Our apple trees are safely netted from these gorgeous but hungry kereru (native pigeons). First they eat the new-season’s leaves, then they devour the blossoms, then they snip off any young fruit that has managed set. It’s rare to see flocks of kereru but here in the Catlins, we regularly have groups of 15-20 birds flying round, hunting out buds and blossoms. Fortunately, the gooseberry flowers seem too small to attract them.

"Say, did you see that apple blossom over there?"

“Say, did you see that apple blossom over there?”

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2 responses to “Blossom-pinchers (but we love them)

  1. Jocelyn le Petit

    Love the photos of the Kereru and the very handsome Angus and Ambrose! They are all doing a splendid job in the garden!

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