Gday Trish - I remember when Red Wattle-birds
remained in Canberra past their migration time out of the district a few decades
ago and died. It was suggested that they were duped into staying here by
nectar producing shrubs in Canberra gardens such as grevilleas and banksias but
they didn't produce sufficient nectar to sustain them. As the shrubs grew
bigger they produced more nectar and some RWBs were able to, dare I say
'winter over'. I think the info is written up in the 'Canberra Bird Notes'
of the time.
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