Ask a Question forum: Are these bird pecks/bites?

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Jun 26, 2017 5:21 PM CST
Based on the location (top of the tomato) and time of day (it happened during sunlight/mid-morning hourse), I'm assuming these holes in the first picture were NOT made by slugs or chipmunks (which have been problems for me). The second photo is the same tomato a few hours later.

I'm thinking birds or ants, although I've got Sevin all over the plants, which I would think would keep ants away.

I appreciate opinions and guesses, but if anyone recognizes these marks and is sure (or relatively sure) of what is making them, I'd appreciate hearing. I have yet to harvest one tomato this year. :-(

Thanks in advance!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jun 26, 2017 6:13 PM CST

I hope I don't make you upset but Stop using the Sevin - you are killing the birds, chipmunks and yourself. Invest in some bird netting.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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Jun 26, 2017 6:29 PM CST
Birds would be my guess.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Jun 26, 2017 6:30 PM CST
Warm welcome from the Pacific NW. Looks like animal damage to me, although I've never had particular problems with birds and tomatoes - might be another critter? I agree with Daisy to invest in some netting. It is my general understanding that Sevin is harmful to many of our pollinators, which is concerning, so I also second her advice to ditch the poison. No judgment - I'm an organic gardener, so am not particularly schooled on the pros/cons of chemicals, I just don't use any of them. Hopefully you'll get a whole tomato in the near future!
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