birds eating leaves?

suzie29March 27, 2012

I dont think they are eating them but they are ripping off all the leaves. I have never heard of birds eating leaves & I wouldn't have believed it but I caught them in the act.

I first noticed the damage on newly planted 3 day old tomatoes, just ripped to shreds. Looked for bugs never found any at all times of dusk/night/dawn. The next afternoon there was little to no leafs left, thats when I saw them sitting on the cage ripping off the leaves.

That was 2 weeks ago, since then I covered them with netting & they are trying to put out new leaves. I uncovered 1 plant yesterday for 2 hours & now its just a stick.

These birds have been here for years, why are they bothering my tomatoes now? What are these birds?



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I had smaller finch like birds ripping my leaves apart and it turns out that they were trying to peck at bugs and the leaves were collateral damage.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 11:05PM
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I also had little birds rip up the leaves of sunflowers. I wouldn't have believed it either except that I caught them in the act. They were sitting on the stalks and ripping into them until the leaves looked like lace. I really don't know why they were doing that because I don't think there were any bugs on the sunflowers. They almost seemed to be eating them -- I know geese eat grass, but I'm don't know about other birds.

Sorry I don't have an answer for you, but at least we are all puzzled together!

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 11:22PM
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susan2010(6 Massachusetts)

My mom has found birds pulling up marigold seedlings. She was blaming neighborhood kids until she saw it. I wonder if it's part of the nesting/brooding process, since they don't seem to bother the plants later in the season. She replanted a couple of weeks later and they left them alone.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2012 at 10:03AM
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