I was going to get my new ladder out (a very nice, very light, pointed wood orchard ladder by Baldwin of Maine via OESCO) and start in on my out of control apple trees yesterday after work. But the flock of umpteen robins invaded at the same time, and they were having at the remaining apples with great gusto. So they won. I took the trash out instead. Not sure about the trade there, come to think of it?
Still robins are remarkably pretty, we take them so for granted that we forget sometimes.
Ladders: (lighter and far less expensive than the equivalent 16 ft aluminum)
Also: OESCO http://www.oescoinc.com/