Sunflowers are blooming early this year. Planted by the birds and squirrels from the seeds spilled from the feeder, they grow tall and, depending on how much rain we’ve had, they can produce huge flowers that weigh them down. But since it’s been very hot and dry, the sunflowers are of a smaller variety. No matter, for they still attract the goldfinches.
I took the day off to take care of an accumulation of errands around the house that would have decimated a normal weekend’s worth of time. Before I left for my first stop, I was delighted to be out in the yard when goldfinches were flitting around in the sunflowers. I ran back in the house to get the camera and was rewarded by their stay.
Even the goldfinches are nesting early this year. I did not expect to see a juvenile so soon.
Sunflower seeds feed the squirrels too. I don’t mind when they eat the spilled seeds on the ground, but keeping them off the feeders is an increasing challenge as the trees start forming a low canopy in my yard. Here’s one of my nemesis Gray Squirrels who likes to raid the feeders.
And here’s the Fox Squirrel who has much better manners and does not seem to be spending all his energy trying to outsmart me.
While I was trying to get pictures of the goldfinches, I caught a Mourning Dove leaving.
A female House Sparrow on a bare branch of the ailing Horse Chestnut Tree.
The ubiquitous House Finches are all paired up and they’ve fledged clutches by now. They may be working on a second batch.
The goldfinches still visit the thistle socks too. I will have to fill them up again tomorrow morning.