what bird is eating macadamia

godsdog(z10 LA ss22)February 2, 2010

I have noticed there are macadamia nut shells with a hole pecked in the side and the nutmeat gone. Anyone know what area bird does that? I haven't paid much attention to the birds except to cover peach and nectarines. there are no holes or even peck marks on the fruit left on the tree, so I assume the fruit is carried off and opened on the ground. There are several feral cats that patrol the area and would attack small birds.

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Dick_Sonia(Sunset 17)

Why do you think it's a bird? More likely it's some kind of nut borer -- which is typically a moth larva.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2010 at 4:14PM
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ltecato(9)

Yeah, talk about a tough nut to crack. I'm not exaggerating when I say you almost need a sledge hammer. You could use them for ball bearings, once they're out of the outer coat.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2010 at 9:09PM
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milque_toast

I used to have this problem with my macadamia. Primary suspects were rats or ravens. Then all of a sudden a few years ago the damage stopped, though ravens are still visiting the tree. So rats were the problem.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2010 at 12:07AM
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Jillberto(Z9 CA)

Yep... my guess is you are having rats visit.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2010 at 2:14PM
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