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Thread: Probably not a thief, just an opportunist

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    Default Probably not a thief, just an opportunist

    Something has been nibbling some windfalls I think. Do these tooth marks help in identifying?
    It seems to have quite deep holes in the flesh. May be 3 longish spaced out at the front?
    When I saw 1/2 an apple on the ground, I thought it was a two legged visitor but the tooth marks don't look human.

    Probably not a thief, just an opportunist-appleseaten.jpg Probably not a thief, just an opportunist-appleteeth.jpg
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    Is it Tooth or beak marks?
    Blackbirds mostly here, knock them to the ground then something else comes along and nibbles them.
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    Wasps burrow into fruit as well
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    Well half an apple was missing and, having looked around, the damage looks very like this picture on internet. And badgers do go through the 'orchard' quite a lot.

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    peck marks are birds (ragged edges) , and round ones on windfalls often slugs - wasps don't often start on fruit with whole skins, but they will move in if there's a mark or split they can use as an entry point , getting stung picking fruit full of wasps is a familiar hazard at this time of year.
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    A combination of blackbird doing the initial damage followed by a badger?

    Also, we don't have apple trees, but our dogs will help themselves when to pears on our trees when they are ripe enough. They might leave canine marks in fruit that is still a bit hard and have a nibble before moving on to another one.
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