I’d Like a Side of Goldfinches with my Sunflowers, Please.

August 20, 2009

Female and male goldfinch eating from sunflower plants

Female and male goldfinch eating from sunflower plants

A family of goldfinches has taken over the sunflower patch.  Luckily, the bees don’t seem to mind.  The birds flit from flower to flower, nibbling on the sunflower seed hearts.  There is usually at least one male and one female present.  Sometimes they bring Junior, who waits patiently on the top-most flower for mom or dad to feed him.  They have made quite a mess, leaving the seed shells all over the deck, but the show is worth the mess.  They seem to be the only birds interested in the sunflowers, but the squirrels enjoy them too.  This morning I found a half-eaten sunflower on the deck railing.

Between the bees and the goldfinches, I’ve found that the sunflowers are a good bang for your buck in the garden!

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One Response to “I’d Like a Side of Goldfinches with my Sunflowers, Please.”

  1. troymullens said

    It’s summer here in Texas. No Goldfinches. I’ll be buying a fresh bag of thistle seeds in a few months for their return this winter.

    Great photo and terrific title.

    Thanks for the visit,
    Troy

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