The squirrel population suffered severe die-out this winter as I posted earlier. On my own property I'm only getting a rare siting of a single squirrel when by now there are usually couples visible in the trees every morning.
Going about my rounds the situation seems to be the same in at least a 50 mile radius. I'm guessing this is a very good thing but am putting up my usual deterrents anyway. There are no acorns after two years of crop failure so I figure even a single squirrel may do a lot of damage, but this is new territory so I'm not sure what to expect.
Right now I'm very optimistic- great fruit set and no squirrels. What could go wrong?