Birds attacking hanging baskets
Has anyone else been experiencing birds pecking in their hanging baskets? For the first time ever I have had to cover my hanging baskets with chicken wire. I planted them up a few days ago and went back to water them after a day of warm sun and lo-and-behold the trailing fuchsias, busy lizzies and erigeron had leaves and buds missing. The fuchsias were pecked down to all but a few short stems. Fortunately, there are a few new shoots left unharmed so, hopefully, they will recover. I put the night camera out near a pot containing erigeron and the culprit that got those was a magpie. I haven't found anything buried in the pot, so I assume it was looking for insects or it likes erigeron leaves! As to the hanging baskets, I have no idea what has taken a liking to them. It's really annoying when you've spent a tidy sum on the plants and taken the time to plant them up. I wonder which birds like to eat new leaves and buds or are they just pecking in the compost and the plants happen to be in the way?