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I looked out the window about 10:30 AM. It was a cloudy morning, so the Black-Hooded Parakeets, or Nanday Conure Parrots were late getting over here. If you are following my blog, especially the post “Meet My Kids,” you know I’ve got, uh, had some nice sunflowers. There were four balanced on the sturdy Lemon Queen, one on watch up over my head somewhere and another on the rust-colored sunflower.

The parrot on watch screamed at them, and they turned to look at me.

It was at this point, I turned on the video.

They made a hasty exit. They weren’t gone a minute, and a pair of goldfinches flew in where they were waiting in the wings.

These two solved the mystery of why the leaves were skeletonized.

So I shot a little video of them.

The male took off and the female flew to the top of my little jacaranda tree to look for him.

Now, for the damage. This one broke over from their weight before they damaged the blooms. They are inside in a vase.

Remember Goldy from yesterday? Didn’t even have a chance to fully open.

The Mexican Sunflowers were spared, probably because they are short.

There’s always something going on in the garden. Thanks for stopping by! – Kaye

I was just starting a blog post about my radishes, when the carrying-on outside my office window rang a familiar bell. I grabbed my camera and ran outside and a group of seven green, wild parrots were congregating in the top branch of the tree.

Want to hear what I hear?

My neighbor across the street, C.L., has been reporting quite a show with the wild parrots passing through and making hay of my wilted sunflowers. I had been lopping off the deadheads, but when he told me that it was food for the parrots I left them on. I hadn’t seen them, however, till two days ago when I rushed out and three big, green birds were perched on the sunflowers bent over double nibbling the seeds. They scattered before I could get a good shot. But, I was just out photographing the aphid mess on one of my stands of corn, when they showed up.

These two were taking off by the time I changed to my long lens.

They landed in the tall tree next door, one on top.

They looked around for a couple of seconds, then swooped over a neighbor’s yard and down the street.

Local legend has it that a couple decades ago, at least, a pet store burned in Santa Monica and a half dozen parrots escaped. They became wild, again, added to their numbers and now there are about 30 of them that pass through from time to time, making quite a noise. I can hear them in the distance.

Meanwhile, a California Towhee had earthlier concerns in my flower island.

And I grabbed these two shots while I was sitting waiting to see if the parrots would return.

For sheer beauty, Amaranth does not disappoint. And look what is emerging in my baby watermelon bed.

 Thanks for reading! – Kaye

I’ve been wanting to plant some California native plants that would bring in beneficial insects for my vegetable garden. On my search for a native milkweed, I found Grow Native Nursery in Westwood. This is one type of Solanum, which should bloom from July to December, which will be nice as other natives will be done blooming in the fall. And it’s very pretty.

I also bought Narrow Leaf Milkweed (I have a Monarch Butterfly/Milkweed episode coming up on “Late Bloomer”), Asciepias fascicularis, also called Woolybush, and Yarrow (Sonoma Coast). I’d been reading about Yarrow and already knew I wanted some. Here’s what I came home with.

For any of you really paying attention, I got my Prius back from my son, and the Mini-Cooper is at Stanford again.

If you are a parrot lover, there is a parrot sanctuary right next to the nursery, Parrot Care, where Veterans care for abandoned parrots. There is a charming, loud and colorful world of parrots here, and I encourage you to drop in (and drop in a few dollars in the donation can) and be charmed and amazed by their personality and color.

This pair were a hoot, and very personable. Most people who buy parrots for pets don’t realize they live to be 50 years old! That’s a huge commitment, which is why so many parrots are abandoned. Please consider a donation to support these exotic, beautiful creatures.

Thanks for reading! – Kaye

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