Parrots and Finches Spell Trouble for my Sunflowers

| August 23, 2012 | 5 Replies

I looked out the window about 10:30 AM. It was a cloudy morning, so the Black-Hooded Parakeets, or Nanday Conure Parrots were late getting over here. If you are following my blog, especially the post “Meet My Kids,” you know I’ve got, uh, had some nice sunflowers. There were four balanced on the sturdy Lemon Queen, one on watch up over my head somewhere and another on the rust-colored sunflower.

The parrot on watch screamed at them, and they turned to look at me.

It was at this point, I turned on the video.

They made a hasty exit. They weren’t gone a minute, and a pair of goldfinches flew in where they were waiting in the wings.

These two solved the mystery of why the leaves were skeletonized.

So I shot a little video of them. Watch larger on YouTube.

The male took off and the female flew to the top of my little jacaranda tree to look for him.

Now, for the damage. This one broke over from their weight before they damaged the blooms. They are inside in a vase.

Remember Goldy from yesterday? Didn’t even have a chance to fully open.

The Mexican Sunflowers were spared, probably because they are short.

There’s always something going on in the garden. Thanks for stopping by! – Kaye

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Category: Flowers, Parrots

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  1. Thats a shame about Goldy…but some awesome shots of the birds, very cool to see!

  2. flamidwyfe says:

    I think the birds thought you planted them just for them 🙂 Gorgeous shots of the birds!

  3. MaryZ says:

    I’d be thrilled to have parrots in my garden! I love the goldfinches that enjoy my cone flowers. congrats on contributing your sunflowers to the circle of life–we need wildlife.

  4. Reblogged this on and commented:

    I got the kinks worked out with embedding the videos. If you haven’t seen this yet, feast your eyes on some wild parrots.

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