Birds are tough to control. Here are your options. You can pick the fruit before they are ripe and let them ripen on the kitchen counter. If you pick them when they turn color but are still hard most birds will leave them alone at this stage. This is provided the fruits are types that will ripen off of the tree.
All stone fruits, except cherries, will. You can net the tree with bird netting. The netting must go tight to the ground or they will go under the netting to get at the fruit.You can try some devices that use noise to scare the birds. We are testing some of these devices at the Orchard now. So far for us, streamers have not worked, CDs hung in the trees have not worked, scarecrows have not worked, tinsel from Christmas has not worked and our presence shouting curses has not worked. They are not easily intimidated. I will keep you updated in my column about how the noisemaker works.
By Robert Morris