birds eating pea vines?
I planted 2 types of snowpeas this year, one short and early, and the other taller and somewhat later.
The short vines have been producing nicely, and are unscathed.
The taller vines have reached about 4-5 feet, and have started producing...but the leaves at the top and the growing tips appear to have been eaten off. I've also found that any vines that haven't yet grabbed onto the trellis have been bent over, as if something landed on them or pulled them down. The bottoms of these vines, and any forming pea pods, remain untouched.
I've been wondering what could do this. This evening I looked out the window and saw a small bird sitting on the trellis and apparently picking at the top of one of the vines.
I didn't really expect birds to eat pea vines, especially after leaving them alone for the last 2 months. Has anyone else seen this? Is there any culprit other than birds that might eat the tall tips of pea vines, but no other part of the plant?
Is there anything I can do to stop it?