Sunday, September 19, 2010
Brown Eyed Susan Seeds
Here is the tail end of my Brown Eyed Susans for this year. Although they look rather scraggly, goldfinches have been feeding on the seed heads, so I'm reluctant to cut them down. All the birds need to build up their body stores to tolerate cooler weather and to migrate. One day this week I had about 30 robins in my yard. They were even feeding below the birdfeeder. I've never seen a robin at or near a feeder before.
Did a little research about Brown Eyed Susans:
"If you let the last flowers of the season form seeds, you will soon be visited by small birds who love to make a feast of the oily black seeds. Rudbeckia seeds are a favorite treat of goldfinches and pine siskins. Other seed eating birds such as chickadees, cardinals and tufted titmice will also dine on Black Eyed Susan seeds."
So far I've only seen the goldfinches, but I'll be keeping an eye out for the other birds! For more info on Brown Eyed Susans, see: http://www.xomba.com/black_eyed_susan_flowers_belong_every_summer_garden