When I moved into my house six years ago, my sister gave me a sour cherry tree to plant. And I have been waiting six years to finally get some cherries off that tree. This was the first year I suspected it might happen, and my small tree was loaded with cherries. There must have been a hundred cherries on this tree while I was waiting for them to all ripen. I got up one morning and took my kids out for some quality time, and when I got home that afternoon, my front yard was full of crows. As I pulled into my driveway, all the crows took off. It took me a minute to realize those damned birds were eating my cherries.