Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Nature's Bird Gardens

In 1980 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a landmark study (conducted by Aelred D. Geis) of bird food preferences. Black oil sunflower seeds were by far the most preferred type of birdseed and attracted the greatest number of bird species. 

I let too many volunteer sunflowers take over my kitchen garden this year...

 I don't have much of a vegetable harvest, 
but I do have a lot of free birdseed!

American Goldfinch ~ Tufted Titmouse

To get a few closer shots of the locals enjoying the harvest,
 I took a few fading sunflowers and offered them as a homegrown bird feeder.


  1. Wonderful pictures of the birds eating sunflowers :))

  2. I love this...I leave all the flowers up and let them go to seed. I love to see the birds eating them, even the coneflower.... Nice to see you always when you link into Nature Notes Rebecca!.... Michelle

  3. I love your photos...very pretty. Happy Outdoor Wed.

  4. The sunflowers are gorgeous and so are your visitors.

  5. i let the volunteers come up here, too. love to see the little chickadees harvesting. :)

  6. I so enjoyed this....Pretty birds. Fattening up for the winter to come all too soon.

    Your linking this weekend at I'd Rather B Birdin' is much appreciated!!! Thanks.

  7. I love watching the finches eat the seeds from my plants. Even when they destroy my zinnias, I can't blame them. We all need to eat. They look pretty satisfied with the feast you've left them. :o)

  8. Hm, I like the idea of growing sunflowers to get bird seed. Not sure if I have the room ... they probably like sun, and I already have lots of flowers in the one sunny garden spot by my driveway. Enjoyed your bird eating the sunflower pics.


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