Oregon’s wine grapes going to the birds

Oregon’s late wine grape harvest is being confounded even more with the arrival of migrating birds.

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Oregon’s late wine grape harvest is being further disrupted by the arrival of migrating birds devouring the ripe fruit before it is picked.

A cool, wet summer caused the wine grapes to ripen weeks late this season, delaying the harvest.

So instead of nibbling on the remains of vineyards that would normally have been picked by this time, swooping clouds of starlings, jays, robins, cedar waxwings and flickers are feasting on clusters still not quite ready for commercial clipping.

“The only ones getting fat right now,” said Franco Marchesi, owner of Marchesi Vineyards in Hood River, “are the birds.”

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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