[Tweeters] Birds Shredding Live Onions

Marc Hoffman tweeters at dartfrogmedia.com
Wed Jul 20 08:57:54 PDT 2016

Hi Tweets,

Wondering if anyone on this list can shed light on a problem mentioned to
me by a farmer in Duvall. She told me that birds were shredding the tops of
her planted onions. It was pretty destructive to her crop. She encountered
this a number of years ago but not in recent years until now. She saw it
happening but can't ID the species.

1. Why would birds do this? In particular, it's my understanding that
onions are toxic to birds.
2. Might there be a way to discourage the behavior, short of netting the


Marc Hoffman
Duvall, WA
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