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The plague named Blackbirds


Blackbirds are really, really fond of our garden. And so we used to be fond of Blackbirds.

This photo only shows one of the damages the birds do to our garden. Beautiful moss taken out of the joints between the flatstones of our “hidden terrace”. No moss is save in the garden and most of it gets teared apart just when it had grown to its full beauty.

In an earlier post I mentioned that recently, well a couple of years ago now, recent when projected on an evolutionary scale, blackbirds found out they can dig in the gravel. They do that until we get open (black) spots, showing the weed control fabric underneath the gravel.


We now have a third- or fourth-generation of blackbirds that uses this technique to find insects, I think. Not only do we end up with scattered craters and mutilated patterns in the gravel area, sometimes the gravel gets scattered over the groundcovers as well.

Question: And now the key question: How is this prevented from happening in Japan, mosses being on important component of many Japanese garden types ? Also see my related question in Ants are in our pest top five.

As can be concluded from the post Birdlife and near-dead, we (try to) live with it.

Related: The terraces, walls, stairs and fences in Tsubo-en, Mosses and lichen, The Ginshanada gravel area’s.