Sunflowers transition from bees to birds
It is easy to forget that humans aren’t the only ones dependent on bees. A whole world of creatures out there needs bees to provide seeds, berries, and plants. After the bees were done with my sunflowers this year, I decided to let them stand for the birds. It didn’t take long before birds of all sorts began pecking at the delicious morsels.
These chickadees were out there for hours, cavorting among the flowers, and picking off the seeds one by one. As a rule, I don’t even try to photograph birds, but these were jostling above my head while I was trying to photograph some flower spiders, so I just leaned back and fired away…pretty cool. I love that I got one with a seed in its beak.
Sunflowers turned out to be one of the try-its that worked, although not exactly as I expected. As I mentioned earlier, the Lemon Queens were too tall for me to photograph easily. I expected honey bees to work them, though few did. Mostly they were visited by bumble bees and leafcutting bees and various wasps. Still, now that the birds are so happy, I’m sure I will plant sunflowers again.
Thanks to all of you who have sent sunflower photos. I think they are all posted, but if I missed yours, please remind me.
Honey Bee Suite