2013 Project 365

Project 365/148 – Cherry Sweet Cherry


Cherries. Sweet Sweet Cherries. How I dream of you each year. I remember when I planted my cherry tree twelve years ago. A $7.00 stick that made my hubby shake his head in bewilderment. Surely this stick wouldn’t become a tree.

Meant to be a dwarf tree of a maximum height of ten to fifteen feet, this tree holds sour cherries on the left, sweet bing cherries on the right. Now nearly twenty feet tall. I’m anxiously awaiting the sweet cherries to become ripe.

Watching a downy woodpecker couple alternately visit my suet log. Eating “two for me..one for you” they were filling their empty bellies before heading back to their nest with filled bills of suet for their little family.

Downy Woodpecker - Male

Downy Woodpecker – Male


Downy Woodpecker - female

Downy Woodpecker – female

While stalking my tree in the humid afternoon, waiting for the perfect kodak moment with the woodpeckers I started to dream. Sweet fresh cherries right off the tree. Cherry pie, cherry tart, cherries jubilee.

But wait..what is that? Is that a cherry thief high on top of the tree?


No..it can’t be! The cherries aren’t even ripe yet ! Don’t steal my cherries! Who is that anyway?


It’s a Blue Jay having the time of his life. Enjoying MY CHERRIES !! Darned thief – get out of here!


42 replies »

  1. OMG this blog cracked me up!! I have the same battle with my strawberries and chippy chipmunks. I’m so stealing the suet log idea. What a great set of shots. =-)

  2. It’s so nice of you to share your cherries with the birds! Don’t be surprised if the blue jay doesn’t bring friends and relatives along next time. I can tell you from experience that the birds will pick every cherry off from the tree before you ever see a ripe one, if you let them. You can try putting an owl decoy out, but that scares them out of the area completely if it works, it doesn’t always. You can try plastic streamers or CDs tied in the tree so that they move with the wind, that sometimes works. Or, they sell nets just the right size for dwarf cherry trees.

    • Oh believe me, it’s more than one jay, along with the squirrels too. I’m a sucker, I love nature too much to protect my tree. They love that tree, all of the birds and squirrels do. I couldn’t make it off limits to them. Super ideas though.

  3. Fantastic shots. How lovely to have a Cherry tree and to get a woodpecker in your garden. I love your bird shots. πŸ™‚

  4. Super post. Your downy woodpeckers look a lot like our greater spotted woodpeckers. I wonder if they are the same bird? I like your name better though. πŸ™‚ I only have an ornamental cherry tree. Might think about getting a fruiter now. I share your pain re the thief though. The pigeons here are very happily eating all the flower buds on my robinia tree. Grrrr.

    • There is a greater spotted woodpecker that is different from the downy. As if that’s not hard enough, add the hairy woodpecker which is very similar as well.
      I have never heard of a Robinia Tree. I’ll have to look that up.

      BTW – really funny about Siri and what she does with writing. I see some really funny things too. πŸ™‚

  5. What a cheek! I hope he leaves some for you, Emily. That suet log looks like such a great idea. Those woodpeckers are having a real feast. πŸ™‚ Great captures.

    • Nope…not happening Sylvia. They’re almost all gone ! Now the squirrels have gotten into the act.
      The log is super popular. The suet is expensive though $5.00 per pack. You can make your own log and own suet for less if you wanted too.

  6. How lucky for you to have cherries growing right there in your yard. Many years ago we had a sour cherry tree in our backyard, and it was always battle between us and the birds to see who would get to the fruit first. Enjoy your bounty!

  7. Wow, that’s fantastic…. You planted a cherry tree, and it has FRUIT! You’re so incredibly lucky! And look at all the lovelies it’s home to. Just LOVE IT!!! πŸ™‚

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