Re: eucy flowering and nectarivorous birds

Subject: Re: eucy flowering and nectarivorous birds
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 10:16:03 +1100

Well, perhaps the bulk of the Swifties won't head as far north as the NSW 
Central Coast after all.  The presence of lorikeets suggests that there 
may be nectar in this blossom despite the dry.  I wonder, however, about 
the honeyeaters.  Could it be that the blossom is dry and the lorikeets 
are harvesting pollen?  I don't want to be pessimistic but if there was 
nectar I would expect at least the local honeyeaters to be enjoying this 
bonanza.  I only assume they weren't there because you don't mention them.

Is this an isolated flowering patch or is it likely that flowering might 
be widespread through the Victorian Goldfields this winter?

Euc flowering patterns are a nightmare for those trying to predict them.



David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
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Dubbo  NSW  2830
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