Birds Visiting Aloe Blooms

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Birds Visiting Aloe Blooms

Post Number:#1  Postby toditd » Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:26 pm

I once had a good clump of Aloe vera. I wish I still had these aloes. They were great spring bloomers and attracted many birds. Here are a few photos of two bird species that frequented these blooms (taken about 10 years ago). If you have any photos of birds visiting aloe blooms, please do share, I'd love to see them.
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Gila Woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis) on Aloe vera bloom.
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Yum, aloe nectar!
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Gila Woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis) on Aloe vera bloom.
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Gila Woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis) on Aloe vera bloom.
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Ok, what's that guy with the camera doing?
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Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) on Aloe vera bloom.
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He's making me nervous.
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Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) on Aloe vera bloom.
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I'm outta here!
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Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) on Aloe vera bloom.
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Re: Birds Visiting Aloe Blooms

Post Number:#2  Postby Spination » Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:36 pm

That was some very fine photography - thanks for showing!
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Post Number:#3  Postby toditd » Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:19 pm

Thanks Spination. I was thrilled the first time I saw the orioles visiting. I first saw a female oriole visiting and I wasn't quite sure what it was. Then the male showed up. No question then as to what they were. A gorgeous bird.
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Re: Birds Visiting Aloe Blooms

Post Number:#4  Postby Gee.S » Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:57 pm

Nice shots! Gila Woodpeckers love Agave stalks too, as fertile hunting ground for delicious bugs. Yum!
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Post Number:#5  Postby toditd » Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:53 pm

Thanks Gee.S. The Gila Woodpeckers also really love oranges. I put out orange halves for them impaled on branches. In cool weather, I also make a cornmeal and peanut butter paste and poke it into holes and crevices in an old palm stump. But I gotta get it deep enough so that the finches can't get to all of it first. I haven't been able to offer them an agave stalk yet. In time. :))
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Re: Birds Visiting Aloe Blooms

Post Number:#6  Postby mcvansoest » Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:44 pm

Those are some great pictures. I have a pretty sizable clump of Aloe vera, are you interested in starting a new clump? Getting a head or two for you to root should not be a huge deal.

Here is a photo I could easily find of a hummingbird visiting one of my other Aloes. I also have a nice pic somewhere of a Gila woodpecker on Aloe vera, but yours are better!
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Re: Birds Visiting Aloe Blooms

Post Number:#7  Postby toditd » Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:07 am

Hummingbirds have always eluded me capturing them on camera for one reason or another. Nice capture.

I got rid of my Aloe vera several years ago in a hasty decision after I found rodents feeding on the leaves. Maybe they were after the juices in the succulent leaves. Instead of dispatching just the rodents, I got rid of the aloes. This was during a time of a roof rat outbreak in the area and anything attracting rodents simply had to go. The aloes were due a good thinning out, and boy did they get that!

Yes, I am interested in growing Aloe vera again. That's very kind of you to offer.
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Re: Birds Visiting Aloe Blooms

Post Number:#8  Postby Geoff » Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:36 pm

In some of the photos below you can appreciate how these birds act as pollinators (lots of pollen on their faces)

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Re: Birds Visiting Aloe Blooms

Post Number:#9  Postby toditd » Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:06 pm

Wonderful photos, Geoff. You even found a new species: an Orange-Throated Mockingbird, nice! That's a real cute shot of the Rufous/Allen's sitting on the very tip of the aloe leaf. Thanks for sharing your photos.

I've been keeping an eye out for birds on my Aloe 'Super Red' which is now in bloom, but so far the only pollinators I've seen on it are bees.
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Re: Birds Visiting Aloe Blooms

Post Number:#10  Postby Stan » Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:50 pm

I have to ask,What happened to the A.vera? I should squeeze them in. People always ask If I have them.
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Re: Birds Visiting Aloe Blooms

Post Number:#11  Postby toditd » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:29 pm

Stan wrote:I have to ask,What happened to the A.vera?

I got rid of them. Read post #7.
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