Our son is an expert strawberry picker. He can hear them getting ripe. No need to worry about birds getting them. He gets every one, the moment it ripens.
The only problem is, he eats them. He will share his favorite toy with his sister, he will share his favorite ice cream with his daddy, and he will share his favorite drink with his mommy. He will not share his strawberries, except at gunpoint.
Our strawberry patch is in it's first year of production, so we're not seeing many, but we're tasting even fewer. Hopefully next year we'll have more than he can eat. Otherwise I may need to expand the strawberry patch...