Nesting peacefully in the Open Lyre Pinot is this clutch of blackbirds. They will grow up on a diet of fresh grapes. However, they are very tidy birds, completely finishing a grape before moving on to the next, leaving nothing to the detriment of the wine. Because they sing so sweetly in the mornings we leave them alone and accept the losses. On the other hand, pesky silvereyes are very messy eaters, piercing their target grape once only then moving on to the next thus creating aerobic fermentation of bunches. They don’t nest in the vineyard, they are the original fly in-fly out (FIFO) birds!
Resident Grape munchers!
About Rusty Cook
Born Bushey Herts UK in 1945. Migrated to Australia 1949. Schooled in Launceston Tas. Served in the RAAF 1963-1986 initially as an instrument mechanic, graduating from 64 pilots course in 1968. Service in Vietnam 1971. Graduate: Navy Staff College in 1984. Retired as Wing Commander 1986. Graduate: Charles Sturt University 1987 with BAppSc (Wine Science). A decade of wine politics 1987 - 2007 including state president (Tas) and national vice-president of the Winemakers Federation of Australia. State services member: Veterans Review Board 1991 - 2015 and chairman of Life Education Tasmania Inc 2007 - 2013. Passionate about wine; keen trekker in PNG; military history.