cabbage forensics please :-)

Hi all,
Something has got under the netting of my summer cabbages and had a good nibble at the top of a couple of them. I've attached a photo of the damaged head. It's taken me a few days to make this post, so forgive the slightly dried-up nature of it.Any ideas who the culprit is, please?
Many thanks in advance!
kind regards

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 25,033
    Hello Neil. Is it possible that something such as a pigeon could have landed on top of your netting, weighed it down and pecked at the tops of your cabbage through the netting?
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • neilbradburnneilbradburn Posts: 104
    Hi ladybird,
    Good thinking. However, it is fine debris netting that remains unblemished,  and on tall plastic hoops, so it would need to have been a huge pigeon with sewing abilities :-)
    kind regards.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,559
    Are you sure its been nibbled and not burst due to rapid growth after heavy rain?  A dry spell , followed by heavy rain can do that with tightly packed cabbages.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,117
    I think that’s a good call @fidgetbones
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Joy*Joy* Posts: 338
    My first thought was that it has blown. The weather has been a bit odd this year. Also, if you have been watering it, it could be due to haphazard amounts of water. 
  • neilbradburnneilbradburn Posts: 104
    Hi all,
    Many thanks for your replies! Being blown - I never thought of that! Based on the lack of the usual teeth, rasp or peck marks, that makes perfect sense! And you are right, it's been a somewhat eratic season weather-wise, and I've been less than perfect with the regular watering of my brassicas.  Only 2 out of more than 20 cabbages blew, so I can't complain. And I can now sleep easy at night now that I know there isn't a cabbage gobbler on the loose :-)
    Thanks again!
    kind regards.
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 25,033
    @neilbradburn I am glad that you have found out what has happened but I'm still smiling at the picture of a sewing pigeon you put into my head!
    Image result for pigeon sewing  images

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • neilbradburnneilbradburn Posts: 104
    Hi Ladybird4,
    Thanks for the kind thoughts and for sharing the picture! :-) I suggested the existence of such a bird in jest, but by jove, you have photographic evidence that they do exist! I always said they seemed to be taking over, and this is clearly evidence of their megalomaniac tendencies! we must all act now to prevent the imminent catastrophe that is 'global ca-cawing'....
    kind regards.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,117
    This ‘pigeon’ is reknown for her knitting 🧶  🕊 😉 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







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