Tree Lucerne

Subject: Tree Lucerne
From: "Cilla Kinross" <>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 16:06:21 +1000
I am researching  the relationship of birds to planted vegetation 
(primarily windbreaks on farms in Central and Southern Tablelands NSW).
 I have data on the use of one introduced species Tree Lucerne or Tagasaste
 (Chamaecytisus prolifer) which indicates a very high usage by native birds,
 particularly honeyeaters in Spring..  However I am cautious about recommending 
a non-native plant to farmers for several reasons, not the least 
being that I am concerned that the seeds might be attractive to 
introduced birds, particularly House Sparrow and European Goldfinch.

I have seen large flocks of sparrows in Tree Lucerne at seeding time, 
but have not been able to definitely confirm the act of feeding  was 
(so to speak!).   Does anyone have anything to offer in respect of 
any species (not just sparrows) feeding on these seeds?

Thanks very much

Cilla Kinross

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