We have an awesome cherry tree in our backyard. Last year we had an outdoor cat that "patrolled" our yard and kept all the birds, squirrels, etc away from it. Doubly awesome. This year, our outdoor cat seems to have disappeared...fortunately our tree produced a TON of cherries, even with all the thieves.
Dave has been taking the kids out every night to pick more cherries off the tree. They love it! They even tried a few of them. Ha! Ha!