To: "Peter Ormay" <>, "Elizabeth Compston" <>, "Canberra Birds" <>
Subject: more
From: "Barbara Preston" <>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2011 18:26:07 +1000
Our resident/local Eastern Spinebills spend a high proportion of their nectar collecting time over the late autumn/winter in camellias, especially the species camelias (C miyagii & C. grisjii flower for a long time from April, and are sweetly perfumed, and there are several late winter/spring flowering species that are profuser but briefer in their flowering) and sasanquas such as C. Setsugekka. Not sure about the highly bred, scentless varieties ....

-----Original Message----- From: Peter Ormay
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 5:53 PM
To: Elizabeth Compston ; Canberra Birds
Subject: more

Does anyone keep a record of what exotic plants native birds use as a food
source.  It would be usefull for encouraging local gov't and residents to
plant species to attract native birds.  A book for attracting birds to
Canberra gardens with flowering plants exists but I don't know of one that
includes other food sources such as mentioned below.


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