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Re: CULT: birds

A few ideas...

Just a wild guess, but the anthers would have more protein than the petals - maybe provide some kind of suet/pnut butter block in a bird feeder for them to work on. If you use pesticides to keep insect populations low, then maybe the birds are having a hard time finding enough insect/protein-fat source.

Have you tried a plastic owl? Or one of those inflatable giant eyeballs? Both of those work well at least for a short period of time.

If they are just shredding flowers to have something to do while trying to look tough, declare territory, maybe providing them some higher platforms to perch on would solve the problem? Do others who grow irises that don't get attacked by birds have shrubbery around that the birds could use?

Is there an ornithology dept in a university somewhere you could consult with? Maybe with a professor who specializes in bird psychology?
Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
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