Brid-friendly exotics - camellias & proteas

To: "Peter Ormay" <>, "Elizabeth Compston" <>, "Canberra Birds" <>
Subject: Brid-friendly exotics - camellias & proteas
From: "Barbara Preston" <>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2011 19:52:29 +1000
should have added proteas (often assumed to be local, but South African etc) - especially for the wattlebirds, but also the smaller honey-eaters

-----Original Message----- From: Barbara Preston
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 6:26 PM
To: Peter Ormay ; Elizabeth Compston ; Canberra Birds
Subject: more

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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