We normally put up bird netting since the migratory birds come in mid October and birds love grapes! Many vineyards who don't normally do this because of earlier harvest dates, were forced to net or use canons. By early October we knew we'd be too low in sugars to harvest , so we didn't net. Our sugars only got to a high of 18 BRIX ...not good enough.
The air was filled with birds......
And then the vines were filled with birds....
Can you find the birds ( six or more) in this photo?
A close-up taken by my husband....looking into the swarm as it passed above the vineyard block!
It is fascinating to watch them swoop and move around in large clouds across the vineyard rows .... they appear to be mostly Starlings, with some orange breasted Robins scattered in the mix. A few hawks have come to observe, causing the large masses of birds to divide and disperse, and then reform again on the other side of the vineyard.
Not just another day in the vineyard!
We just hope that next year we can bring our crop in at the normal 22+ sugar, and that the birds have a short memory!
In the mean time, you can taste Oregon Pinot Gris at www.oakknollwinery.com