Re: Who ate my apples?
My very large (40-foot-wide) ancient apples are in their major windfall stage now here — plop, plop, plop all day long, and wheelbarrow loads to pick up daily (and always before mowing).
Everyone likes apples: So many animals come around in time for their own version of apple harvest (earlier that we’d pick them, of course). Here I get gray fox (which can climb the trees, unlike their cousins the red fox) as well as all the others you mention, plus raccoons, and the occasional bear if I leave the fence open by accident. Birds also love the fruit (though more often once soft, I think).
So you are saying that in 5 or 6 days some 100 2-inch apples disappeared? That seems entirely possible (I have hundreds of windfall fruits a day on the ground here, with probably half of them eaten each day if I don’t keep after it). Is there no sign of anything at all in terms of debris?