Critters are smarter than I am

A critter damaged apple

A critter damaged apple

 Animals know when fruit is ripe. Have you ever waited patiently for a tree full of cherries to ripen to perfection only to walk out one day and find every last cherry on the tree gone? This has happened to me with cherries, grapes, and berries. I’ve learned to watch for the first sign of animal interest as the final sign that I need to begin the harvest, and fast. When I checked on our favorite apple tree this morning, I found about a half-dozen apples in the state you see in the above picture. My best guess is that the woodpeckers have found them. We have a number of pileated woodpeckers in our neighborhood. The damage looks like a long, thin pointy beak has been at work so I am blaming the woodpeckers. 

Harvesting our favorite apple tree

Harvesting our favorite apple tree

 I grabbed the kids and we headed out to pick the apples before the birds could claim any more. To be nice to the birds, I did leave any fruit that was already picked or damaged on the ground for them.

Harvested apples

Harvested apples

Now we have about 35 lbs of apples to eat, process, and store.



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3 Responses to Critters are smarter than I am

  1. kitsapFG says:

    Gorgeous apples! You are absolutely correct that the animals seem to have a keen appreciation for when things are at their perfect maturity for harvesting. Glad you were quick to notice and did not dally in getting to those apples.

  2. Thomas says:

    Lovely apples! I would love to grow my own fruit trees one of these days. Since we don’t plan on being in our present home for more than a few years, it just didn’t seem worth it to invest in trees this year. Glad to see that you were on top of the birds!

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