A week ago, a two by four was set to brace one heavily ladened branch of an apple espaliered to the wall of the garden’s shed. I was concerned that the bent branch might break, but I need not worry any longer. The apples are gone.
I suspect deer, ever present but mostly deterred by a repellent, or squirrels, that seemingly defy gravity for a morsel of food. I don’t recall if the apple was sprayed with deer repellent, but the next application is a week or two overdue so they are possible suspects. Still, no evidence was left behind so I’m betting on squirrels.
One, and I assume it is only one, climbs a Japanese maple just outside our kitchen window, follows branches that bend severely to snatch a seed near the branch tips. This seems a great effort for little reward, and where is this squirrel when hundreds of seeds are falling from other maples? Seeing this, grabbing fruit from the low branched apple is easy, so the culprit seems clear.