do birds eat black currants

I have a nice garden, close by to wooded area. I have a large cherry tree, mulberry tree, and grow all manner of veggies. Between the varmints in the title, the cherries are picked clean in two weeks, the birds create a mess with the mulberries. The varmints even peck and pull tomatoes off the plants. I used to have raspberry bushes at my previous house, and they were attacked by the varmints.

I have a friend, whos been growing currants for many years, with spectacular success. He tells me that the varmints have not bothered his fruit ever. Im wondering if there is some reason why the pests ignore the currant fruit, or do they?

I would appreciate some feedback on this, as Im planning on planting them in this Fall.

During this season, cardinals and robins can be seen hopping around my wild black currant (Ribes americanum) and nibbling on the black fruit. One of my favorite native shrubs is the wild black currant, and I have a section of my backyard dedicated to it. It grows to a height of 3–4? and is as carefree as they come, appearing unfazed even by the drought this year.

Although wild black currant is highly versatile, it thrives in partial shade. It produces long-bearing, sour berries in the summer that are highly favored by birds. It has nice, maple-like foliage, and in the spring, it has long racemes of understated but attractive chartreuse flowers.

Clove currants, or Ribes odoratum, are a second variety of currant that I recently planted. Since I planted them in the front yard, this is their second summer. Clove currant prefers sun. One of the three flowered and produced berries this year for the first time. The others are still coming along. Yellow clove currant flowers with a strong clove scent bloom in the spring. I positioned them so that people walking along the sidewalk would smell them.

I have a nice garden, close by to wooded area. I grow a variety of vegetables and have a big mulberry tree and cherry tree. The title’s varmints, the cherries’ two-week harvest, and the birds’ mess-making with the mulberries The varmints even peck and pull tomatoes off the plants. At my former home, I had raspberry bushes, but the varmints would attack them.

I want to plant them this fall, so I would appreciate some input on this.

My acquaintance has been cultivating currants for a long time with amazing results. He claims that his fruit has never been harmed by varmints. I’m curious as to why the bugs don’t bother the currant fruit—or do they?

FAQ

Do birds like black currants?

Wild black currant does best in part shade, but is otherwise very adaptable. It bears tart, edible berries over a long period in the summer, which are very popular with the birds.

What eats black currant?

Gray comma butterfly caterpillars eat the leaves of gooseberries, and American black currant might also be a host plant for them. The early stage caterpillars feed on the undersides of the leaves, so it’s harder to see them.

What animals eat currants?

Numerous birds including grouse, quail, robins, finches, towhees, and woodpeckers, and small mammals consume the berries. Red-flowering currant provides occasional browse for game animals and modest forage value for sheep and cattle.

Do deer eat black currant?

We’ve found at our main nursery where deer populations can be absolutely intense that both red and black currants (josta too!) are able to live and produce strong crops with minimal to no damage from deer. Black currants are nearly immune, red currants are low browse and Josta can get nibbled a bit but grow through it.