Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Jump School

All right, birds, listen up!  We are here to learn about seed extraction techniques for the Large Annual Sunflower.  
This is a little tricky, but I promise you, it is well worth it.


There are two main techniques for this here Sunflower.  First up is the Pivot Technique:

Step to the edge of your Sunflower.
Grasp the flower firmly with your talons and then pivot, upside down. 
Clamp down on the seed aaandd pull!


See, nothing to it!  Now you try.


Come on, don't be shy!


Pivot, pivot... 


No, no, don't lose your footing!


Okay, we might need more work on that one.


Alrighty, on to the second Technique!
This Jump and Grab approach for seed extraction is quite simple:


Jump up, using your wings to give lift, and grab the seed.
Then land on the Sunflower head or drop lightly back to the ground.


See?  Quite simple!
Now you do it.


Yes, good jumping.
Get that seed...


Now either grab on or drop...
No, no, no, what are you doing?!


Oh, dear.


This is going to be a long class, isn't it?



p.s. This week's guest blogger over at GardeningKnowHow.com is yours truly!  You can check out my post on my Hellstrip Garden on their site.   And as always, happy gardening!

26 comments:

  1. So tricky of you to get help planting seeds for next year's sunflowers. Fantastic photography!!!

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    1. Thank you! I do wonder if I will find some sunflowers in different parts of the yard thanks to the birds help.

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  2. Fun story! Tufted Titmouses (Titmice?) are so cute. And they have a sweet song. You captured a great series of photos!

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    1. They are adorable. My chickadees also enjoy eating the sunflower seeds, but I think the Titmice are cuter on camera!

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  3. Wonderful photos, brought a smile to my face today! I love watching the antics of birds in the garden but have never been able to capture them. These are priceless.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed! I was doing some garden cleanup next to the sunflower, and these bold birds were eating seeds while I was right there, so I thought I'd grab a camera!

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  4. LOVED THIS! Tickled my funny bone. Great timing on the photography, too.

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    1. Thanks! I took a lot of photos, but when I saw the funny looking ones, I knew I had to post them!

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  5. What a fun post. Well done on the capture.

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    1. Thanks! These little hams didn't seem to mind me being so close and taking photos of them, surprisingly.

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  6. This adorable post warmed my cold, black, little heart! Such great pictures of these cute birds and your commentary is hilarious! Thanks!

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  7. Indie,
    Oh, I'm delighted with your photos.
    It's a real shot spot.
    Thank you very much for your visit and left a comment.
    Greetings from Poland.
    Lucia

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  8. That's lovely. What gorgeous little birds they are!

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  9. Great captured! And so cute birds too – well done :-)

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    1. Thank you! The birds were so bold and just went about their business while I took pictures of them, which was so much fun.

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  10. Loved this post - great photos! Those are titmice, right?

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    1. Yes, Tufted Titmice. I had Chickadees eating the seeds too, but the Titmice were the cutest!

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  11. Congrats on your guest post! I adore watching the acrobatics of the birds in fall as they try to extract seeds....fabulous captures!

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  12. Hahaha, thanks for the smiles this morning, Indie:) Great photos!

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  13. Thank you for letting me in on the class, which I found to be thoroughly delightful! Your pictures are great. You made my day!

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  14. Love your tutorial. The titmouse are frequent visitors to my peanut feeders. Love them.

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