My goodness, this is proving to be an exceptional year for mistletoe. Our land seems to be covered with it and every sprig of it is smothered with fruit right now. With this bounty of course comes the great dilemma, I know many animals love the fruit and it is quite likely that I wouldn't have seen the Cedar Waxwings or the Western Bluebirds in my yard if it wasn't for the mistletoe but what about the poor old trees that it is growing on? How many bunches of mistletoe can they handle before they start to die? I think I will wait until the fruit is pretty much done and then do a little thinning out. Hopefully that way both the trees and the mistletoe loving species will be OK. Oh the responsibility!