This spring, a friend gave me some started sunflowers to plant in my garden. I had never had success with them, mainly because the wind often knocked them down as soon as they got more than a couple of feet tall. This time I planted them by the fence and tied the young plants to it as they grew.
Now they are taller than I am and besides making me happy whenever I look at them, they are making the birds in my yard happy.
I had been feeling guilty about not refilling the feeder this summer, but I hadn’t wanted to attract hawks (as I’ve done other years) and inadvertently killing the very birds I wanted to feed. I decided I could always fill the feeders when the weather got cooler and food became scarce.
But the nuthatches had other ideas. They’re used to helping themselves and somehow they knew that the sunflower seeds were ready to eat.
I had a very hard time getting any pictures of them because they are so fast, but here are a couple of photos that are not as blurry as the 40+ others that I deleted.
You may have to search for the little guys. They blend right in with the greens and grays of the garden.
It gives me a headache just looking at them hanging onto the stems upside down. When was the last time you sat upside down to eat?
I guess the Captain will have to do without his toasted, salted sunflower seeds, unless he buys them in the store.