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Don't blackbirds like grapes

I thought the blackbirds would really like grapes but sometimes they stay there for days. They like raisins and they're just dried grapes. Is this general or are mine odd?

In the sticks near Peterborough


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,138

    Probably suspicious that you're trying to trap them - people don's usually give them grapes, they usually have to steal them image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • perhaps they prefer fresh grapes!image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,308

    Suspicious lot. I suppose they're not the freshest or they wouldn't go out on the lawn.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • It might be to do with the size or the colour.  I understand they're most attracted to blue, black and red (unless they were red grapes, of course.....) 

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,649

    Green grapes probably look unripe to them and raisins are far more concentrated in terms of sugar and energy.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,308

    They were red and they proved me wrong today. All gone. Perhaps they were just too busy with something else before.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Caz WCaz W Posts: 1,353

    We had some little bunches of tiny grapes on our grape vine this year but they were a bit too sharp for our taste.  Put them out to see if anything would eat them and the blackbird quickly scoffed the lot!

  • They love pomegranates, split the skin around it to pull it in half and then half again and remove most of the pith so they can see the fruit before throwing it on the lawn

  • I have a male blackbird in my garden whom I wolf whistle to and I'm sure he whistles back, he also loves grapes. He makes my day 😊
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