Well, the peaches have bloomed and become fruit... The fake fruit, which you can now see on the ground did actually help, but it did not solve the birds eating the fruit problem completely. However, I still think I will opt for a bird net next season.
You can see that I did get some peaches off of this tree. I was shocked because it was only planted last October.
Here is the first peach, cut open and ready to eat. It was good!