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Old 06 September 2013, 15:29   #11
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That's Owliver - he's not for real. He has big mad eyes and a pole up his ass. Birds are a bit scared of him.

I have a Peregrine Falcon for the same thing! Turned out a REAL Peregrine attacked my plastic one (right where the Heart would be)
Think the Owl is a better bet
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Nice. We've just stripped our pear tree and had a first foray into pear cider. Bubbling gently in the barrel as we speak.
Dessert pears or Cider/Perry pears? I have a couple of wall trained dessert pears. At 54 degrees North, achieving the sugar for even eating use is a challenge. I've tried fermenting them, adding some crab apple juice for tannin. The results were wretched. Apparently Perry is vastly more difficult to make than Cider.

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I have a Peregrine Falcon for the same thing! Turned out a REAL Peregrine attacked my plastic one (right where the Heart would be)
Think the Owl is a better bet
PMSL. I have one too, further down the row. I was saving him for later, to say that Owliver has a posh cousin called Peregrine who helps out!
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Dessert pears or Cider/Perry pears?
Dessert pears, t'otherwise would be perry . There's a lot that could go wrong, but felt like giving it a go. The pressed juice was really quite pleasant and sweet so hoping not to be a complete disaster. Whether it's all fermentable sugar only time will tell. Pears grow particularly well in the CI's so we won't be short of supplies if we go scrounging and scale up a bit.

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Looks like I've got some more reading to do - I hadn't seen that site before.

Lets see a picture of your scratter then
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They and their thievin' cousin magpies have my heart broken. Traps and deportation for the Maggies, scare tactics for the Jays.
Ah .. a man after my own heart ... Mr larson will be here tomorrow for the bunch that make my wall look like a shitehouse , and the reason the sky dish cannot get the Bake off final without interruption.... justice will be done

If ya need to know (although I'm sure ya dont) Scotch pies & tomato pizza are a tactical weapon
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Seen there in operation last year. Last season was when I lost patience and decided to extend the willk philosophy to cidermaking - "the end justifies the means".

Bigwuz - I made my own Larsen double dropdown and holding cage about ten years ago when they were difficult to source in these parts. Still catching. I tend to use a plastic decoy bird now and a fake nest with hen's eggs in it. PM the info on the Scotch Pies and Pizza - surely you lot don't actually eat maggies?
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If its deep fried we'll eat anything!
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If its deep fried we'll eat anything!
That's not what you said when you went on trip advisor re the Tayvallich cafe!!

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That's not what you said when you went on trip advisor re the Tayvallich cafe!!
Oh aye ? ... do tell
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PM the info on the Scotch Pies and Pizza - surely you lot don't actually eat maggies?
No I meant that those guys are as good as caught if you use it to lure them in ... think of it as ... you trying to walk past the entrance to the Ardbeg shop with a buxom wench calling you in whilst holding a tray of free 30 YO samples ....
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