Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Peregrines Used To Help Protect Fruit Orchards

I recently visited Rose's Berry Farm in South Glastonbury. Erik Swanson was there with one of his falcons. Erik uses trained falcons to help scare berry- eating birds away from the crops. Which species do the most damage to the fruit crops at this farm? The answer to that question is the European Starling. Erik also uses falcons to keep birds away from the landing strips at certain airports.
I went to the farm to buy some fresh fruit but also wanted to get a close up look at one of the falcons. This one was wearing a hood which helps the birds to stay calm when it's not out in the fields working. The hood reminds me of a prop from a 1950's science fiction film.
Rose's also serves breakfast on the weekends during the summer. They use fresh fruit from the farm in their recipes. that's about all the posting I can manage for now. I'm still waiting for the humidity to go back to where it came from. Five minutes on the computer and I feel like I've been in a sauna!


Dostoy said...

I haven't heard of this before, but think it's very cool. Thanks for this informative post.

Hope you enjoyed the fruit you bought.

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Love the pics!!!

Larry said...

Dostoy-I think falconry in general is fascinating.

James-I've been a bit of a blogging slacker lately but I'll take a look.-thanks