Well it's a competition every year between us and the birds. The last couple years they have been especially greedy! We are willing to share the cherries, but they want to eat all of them! Last year they did. We left one weekend and thought , hmm, we'll have to pick cherries when we get back they are just about right. We got back 2 1/2 days later and there was not ONE cherry left on the tree! And this is a prolific tree!