Sunflower heads - no takers

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Queen Bee
Feb 27, 2009
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I have noticed that the birds haven't touched the heads of any of the sunflowers that I planted this year. They are still there going terminal and not one of them has been visited by birds.

In the past, as soon as they were ripe, the birds would steal the seed big time and come back for more, but not this year.

I asked someone else that I knew that had sunflowers growing, many miles from myself and they have had a similar experience.

The seed was grown from bird seed grade sunflower seeds.

How many others have had a similar experience this year and is it that there was an abundance of alternatives or is this just normal? Plenty of thrushes and things in the hedge not far away, making a regular racket all day, so it isn't a lack of birds.

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