If you plant a cherry tree the birds will come. The robins love my cherry tree. One year a group of cedar waxwings came and perched on a branch passing cherries to each other. And little birds that I haven’t identified come.
If you place a pretty owl covered in real feathers in the tree, it might be attacked. I was dismayed to see feathers torn off and a big bite taken out of the styrofoam core of the owl. A squirrel?
If you pick the good cherries quickly you may have enough for a pie, and then extra to put in the freezer.
If the springtime is very wet it may affect the cherries. The cherries may develop brown rot and then you must strip all the moldy cherries from the tree.
If the black aphids come and begin to munch on the new leaves of the tree, spray the tree with soapy water.
If the Japanese beetles come you might have to work hard to save the tree.
In the last couple years they have eaten half the leaves on my tree. I started picking them off and dropping them in soapy water, but it wasn’t enough. I placed a lure with pheromes that bagged 100s of these pests. Finally I resorted to treating the ground to get rid of the grubs that emerge from the soil in July as beetles.
My daughter is amused by the effort I put in to harvesting cherries from the tree that I planted many years ago.
If you like cherries as much as I do the effort may be worth it.