Today my daughter helped me pick the cherries. We removed the bird netting and picked all the good cherries. Some were damaged by birds or from rubbing against branches. Others were infected with fungus. Good, ripe cherries are easy to pull off of their stems.
One large bowl isn’t a big harvest for my North star cherry tree; we’ve gotten two or three times as much in the past. The lower yield could be due to the weather, which was more variable than usual this year. Fungus or insects may have had a larger effect than usual. I didn’t spray the cherry tree with either insecticide or fungicide this year. Birds probably got a few cherries despite the bird netting.