Three days ago they started to raid our sour-cherry crop. I don't normally mind them taking some, but this year there aren't many to start with and the starlings are very wasteful feeders. They nibble a bit of cherry then go on to the next one leaving the previous, partially eaten, one to rot.
I picked just under a pound of ripe cherries on Sunday. Yesterday it was too wet. Today I picked three quarters of a pound, but then rain drove me in. I'd like to get another 1/4 pound or so, so that I can start the cherry vodka.
It's not looking hopeful for my cherries in syrup.