Red really seems to like the fruit, but if you notice, he’s leaving the skin and pulp behind and going for the seeds inside.
Cardinals and grosbeaks have bills strong enough to crack hard seed shells and tend to ignore the pulp and skin.
On Tuesday, this guy perched right outside my living room window in the crabapple tree. Unfortunately, there were not many crabapples this year due to the horrible ice storm that killed most of the blossoms last year. Yesterday, another ice storm swept through, encasing the few remaining crabapples in ice. Luckily he noticed them Tuesday!