Chickadees and Garden

chickadee on zombie sunflowerWe planted sunflowers at the front of the house this year. They get full sun there plus reflected light and heat from the white stucco wall behind. The sunflowers grew large and beautiful.

It’s November now and the sunflowers look like zombie sunflowers, but the chickdees are still loving them. I paused to watch the chickadees today and realized they fly to the sunflowers, look all around in their twitchy little way, grab a seed and fly with it to the cedar hedge or the ivy covered tree in the yard.

It looks like they eat somewhere they can hide. I hope they get enough food value from the seeds to make up for all the flying and twitching. Next year perhaps we’ll try to do them a favour and plant the sunflowers closer to the hiding places.

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