I had no idea birds would nibble at the celosia until earlier in the day when I saw a rustling outside on the patio while I was inside.
At first I thought it was hummingbirds sipping nectar from some salvias in another nearby container, but then I saw the rustling of the celosia.
Moving closer to the window, I saw several birds perched on the flowers, pecking away near the bottom of the blooms.
I assume that’s where seeds were developing.
Some of you might now rightly point out that celosia is in the amaranth family so it makes sense that birds would be attracted to its seeds.
Others of you might roll your eyes and mutter, “Not those celosias again.”
But really, this post might be more about the birds, and how difficult it is to take pictures of them, especially when you are inside and taking the picture through the blinds and the glass of the window with a smartphone.
Which I was. I zoomed in so there would be half a chance of seeing the birds.
I also briefly tried to shoot a short video but those blinds made that a futile effort.
Anyway, I love when flowers are covered with bees and then when birds eat the flower seeds.
I’m used to birds on sunflowers, birds on broom corn, birds on coneflowers, but this is the first time I’ve seen birds on celosia.
(Hey Carol, didn’t you say a while back that you hadn’t grown much celosia until this year? Maybe that’s why you never saw birds on celosia before?)
Dear Reader, you are correct. But the point is I didn’t expect to see birds all over the celosia. But now that I’ve seen the birds—at one point I think there were six of them fluttering amongst the flowers—I’m that much happier about growing celosia this year.
Here’s one more picture, showing a bird’s head about half way down on the left side of the picture.
Not too bad considering I was inside trying not to make sudden motions while also trying to focus the camera lens in between the slats of the blinds. Drat those blinds. I just might rip them down and put up curtains!