For feathered friends
Bedeque man allowing public to come and take sunflowers from his garden
Ron Rayner of Bedeque is ready to give away his sunflower seeds to anyone who wants to feed their songbirds.
It’s been a nearly silent summer for Ron Rayner.
Usually various species of birds flit around his property bringing their songs.
But not this year. “There are usually about 200 finches, jays and other songbirds on my property, living in the trees and bushes.” However, there were only two robins’ nests that hadn’t been destroyed, and sightings of only a handful of small birds.
“I planted about a quarter of an acre of sunflowers seeds for my birds. I loved having them around. But there are too many crows now living on or near my property, so the songbirds haven’t survived.” Rayner has extended a public invitation to come and take a dozen or so sunflower heads to feed the birds people may have visiting their properties.
It’s not hard to get the seeds loose. Dust off the yellow of the flower and you’ll see the black of the seeds. Just rake your hand over the seeds and they’ll come free, explained Rayner.
“If you take a sunflower head, prop it up on a spike, the blue jays and finches will just eat up those seeds.”
“It’s a joy to work up the bed and see the flowers grow. And it’s even better when the birds are around. But there weren’t
any to see this year. I used to sit and watch them fly around, but I mainly only saw crows raiding nests this year.”
But Rayner warns to be aware
of the flower, which can rot because the sap in the head of the flower can make the plant wet and mouldy.
“If you take too many heads
and just lay them around, they can get mouldy pretty quickly. I just want people to be able to feed their birds.”
Rayner is asking the public to
call 902-887-2229 before coming to his property at 2062 highway 1A in Bedeque.
Ron Rayner scrapes free a handful of sunflower seeds from a sunflower head from his garden. Rayner is donating the flower heads to anyone who wishes to have some seeds to feed birds on their property.