Our cherry tree is laden, but the fruit needs another week or two to be fully ripe. In previous years I’ve managed to cover a few low branches and the birds have got all the rest, but not (so far) this year! We’ve seen Ziggy sitting on the fence below the tree and thought he must be responsible for keeping the birds away – a kind of fluffy scarecrow. This evening we discovered it’s actually his neighbouring girlfriend, Stella, who’s doing sentry duty. We spied her high up in the tree, keeping a look out for marauders. That’s the kind of neighbour we’re glad to have!
Perhaps she knows that they are “Stella” cherries and feels obliged to look after her namesakes. Now if she could just stay there until the cherries are ripe . . . . .
“Her role is vital, guarding fruit
so feathered friends don’t come and loot.”