By the time we figured out it was a cherry tree, the fruits were there one day, and almost completely devoured the next day by birds. We did everything we could think of:
- scaring them away by hollering and yelling and clapping our hands
- netting the tree (it is too tall)
- tying aluminum pie pans to branches to scare them off (again, tree too tall and birds didn't care)
We did manage to grab a few cherries before they all disappeared, but we have a plan this year! The very day that we notice the cherries forming, we'll keep a close eye on the tree. And the very second that we find one with the blush of red on it, we'll start to harvest. Waiting even one day will be too late.
Again, this is applicable to this blog because birds can really kill our crops. They love fruit trees, corn crops, and surprisingly enough, tomatoes. Preparing for the bird invasion will help us gather cherries for preserving, dehydrating and seed-saving for cherry trees at our next house.
Plus, as we grow the cherry trees at the next place, we'll tie the aluminum pie pans on the branches as they grow!