It's Christmas in July

And the tree getting some decoration is the cherry tree.

Some shiny ribbon in silver and red and some sparkly CDs.

Last year we did not get one handful of cherries from our tree. Not one single handful. Because just before the cherries were ripe and ready to pick, a large flock of birds (mostly starlings) occupied the tree and cleaned off every branch.
It was the pits.

Already the birds are back and the cherries are still green!
We've been observing them with growing aggravation.

So we decided to try this method to deter them- shiny, sparkly, flashing objects that spin and dance in the breeze.
So far it seems to be working! The birds are gone!
Whodda thunk some scratched Led Zepplin would have such a wondrous effect?