We always put out food for the birds and the squirrels, and enjoy seeing them in the yard, eating the seeds we put out, and fluttering around in the bird bath. However, so far this year, every strawberry has disappeared before it even starts to get red. There are NO blueberries on the blueberry bush, although i didn't even see any blooms on it this year either, so maybe not the birds' fault there are no berries. We have a small orange tree and a lemon tree that both blossomed profusely this spring, and had tiny citrus fruits on the branches . Now, neither tree has even one tiny fruit on it. So far, the peaches are still out there on the peach trees, but who knows when they will be eaten as well ? Thus, we are now asking ourselves (and each other) whether we want to keep encouraging all of the birds to live in our yard anymore. Why plant and nurture all of these fruiting plants and trees, if the fruit is only going to be for the birds (and squirrels ?) to enjoy, and none at all for us ? Of course, we can put screens or netting over everything; but that does not seem like a good alternative either. We would always have some wildlife, regardless of whether we feed the birds or not; but no where near as many as we have right now. I am not sure what the answer is to this dilemma; but at the moment, it does not seem like we can continue tto feed the birds and still have any fruit for ourselves.