It was either me or the birds today, I had to pick the apricots. We only have one tree, but even with the birds pecking a lot of the fruit, there was quite a harvest. Why can't these birds just stick with eating one fruit rather than hitting one apricot and then another?
I left whatever was obviously damaged on the tree, ate the slightly damaged ones right on the spot, and picked a number of pounds. Not being one to can stuff, I shared with my neighbors and got artichokes and eggs in return.
The cottontails will clean up whatever falls to the ground.