Wednesday, June 29, 2011

From the sunflowers...

I just have to show you these...there were several of the bumblebees and none were ever completely still....and most were rushing from sunflower to sunflower as if they were in a race for their life....
I like the way this one looks beside the bird feeder...most of the sunflowers come to right below the bird feeders. (I had Roger make the hanger for the bird feeders and he made it extra tall till the feeders would be out of reach of jumping cats.)
When I was taking pictures of the bumblebees and sunflowers, I noticed this seed that had been caught in the sunflower's limbs...

Well, that reminded me of working at the orchard. I think I have told this before, but not sure. Forgive me if it is a repeat. Anyway, we had over 20 varieties of apples at that small orchard. And I was always in on all the picking...very seldom did a variety get totally picked by anyone else. So, I am speaking from a lot of experience.

Fuji apples were some of the later varieties to be picked...and the Fuji variety we had had real long stems. So, I always had a pair of clippers and as I picked each apple I had to cut the stem shorter...or else when they were being washed and bagged, the stems would poke holes in the other apples.

I cannot tell you how many sunflower seeds I found hidden down in around the stem! It was not hulls, but whole seeds. Another example of birds hiding food. There is no other explanation for it. There were no sunflowers near, other than what the owners put in bird feeders up by the house....and these would be up in apples in the top of trees. And Fujis were the only apples they hid them in...at least that is all I ever seen. And I think I would have noticed if they had been in others.

12 comments:

Montanagirl said...

How interesting is that? Maybe it was the Chickadees hiding them! Nice set of photos by the way!

texwisgirl said...

very interesting! i liked the birdfeeder barn against the sunflower!

Judy said...

That is interesting...I would love to know who was storing their food for the winter :)
I can't wait...we planted sunflower seeds and they're starting to sprout.

Mildred said...

Interesting story about the seeds and I especially love the sunflower pic with the birdhouse!

don said...

Fine shots of these sunflowers and interesting information on how they hide food.

Ginny said...

A really interesting story, I didn't know birds hoarded food like squirrels do. LOVING the pictures, the one with the barn birdfeeder and sunflower...if you squint your eyes, it looks like a real barn and a super giant sunflower!!!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi There, So glad to get home and back to blogging. We did have a fabulous trip--but home is pretty nice also!!!!!

I know you had an amazing experience working at the orchard.... How NEAT!!!!

Interesting how birds hide their seeds --just like squirrels hide their nuts...
Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

I also find sunflower seeds in strange places around the yard. Birds can be very clever at times. I really like your second picture of the bird feeder and sunflower.

EG Wow said...

Could it have been squirrels of chipmunks? Not sure. I HAVE seen some birds fly off with seeds in their mouths so maybe they too were hiding the seeds.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

I like the picture of the bird feeder and the sunflower; nice composition!

A piece of news said...

I put out BOSS and wonder if they get hidden around the yard.

Mary said...

That is so odd! What a weird place to hide seeds. You know such interesting stories.

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