Latin name: Many Species
Reason for Concern:
1) Can destroy enough of the crop to ruin the profitability of a planting
2) Known carriers of bacteria -- could contaminate fruit.
American Robin: 8-11 inches in length and has a wingspan of 12-16 inches. The male has dark gray or brown back and wing feathers and reddish-orange chest feathers. The females have the same color pattern, but are a little duller in color.
European Starling: has a black, speckled appearance and a short tail, and in flight the wings have a triangular shape. Can descend on orchards in huge flocks.
Common Grackles: about 12" long and have green/blue or purple tinged black plumage with a glossy purplish head, neck and chest. The female is slightly smaller and duller colored than the male. They eat in large flocks.
House Finch: has brown streaks and looks similar to a sparrow. The male has patches of orange or red under its chin and on its sides. House finches can cause extensive damage to fruit. When consuming blueberries, the birds start at the top of the bush and peck berries in rapid succession. Many berries are left damaged.