We thought 2007 was a huge year for peaches when we had several hundred
of them ... but in 2008, there were way more than that - unbelieveable!
Yes, we should have pruned the peach tree more, but I'd never seen
anything like this in 10 years.
In 2007, the
ate a lot of peaches.
For 2008, it was pesky peach squirrel
came by several times a day and gorged himself - also knocking
off other peaches.
Too bad a Coyote
or Red Tailed Hawk
didn't come by and eat him!
Pictures taken with a
Canon 40D DSLR
telephoto lens while I'm on top of an eight foot ladder. ;-)
Mr. Squirrel looks up in the middle of a peach dinner for the camera - closeup
And then goes back to chomping on the peach - closeup
The enormous crop has bent/broken the peach tree - note wood props and CU Ralphie
Mr. Squirrel pokes out from behind one of the broken branches
And then scampers out to a peach on an outlying branch
The squirrel takes a breather while eating a tasty peach for dinner!
Perhaps the Squirrel is saying Grace - giving thanks for the wonderful peaches! ;-)
OK - time to scamper back down the peach tree
The squirrel jumpes to a nearby fence post and heads home
The peach birds came back, but didn't eat as many this year
The peach wasps were very aggressive last year - lot less of them this year
There are still a LOT of peaches for us to eat, although they aren't as big this year
Peeled & sliced peaches in the freezer - others in the fridge for eating the next few weeks
While we ended up with a lot of peaches (the picture above is less
than half), I had to toss over a hundred pounds of them
because the squirrel had eaten and/or knocked 'em off so early that they
would not even ripen off the tree. Plus there were many damaged peaches
from falling on the rocks that we had to cut around the bad parts.
Yelling and tossing rocks at Mr. Squirrel did not
seem to deter his several times/day visits. I can only imagine how
truly annoying this would have been if it was a 100 years ago and my
family depended on the peach harvest for food to get us through the
I.e. I'll have to do "something" next year to deter Mr. Squirrel!