crimson rosellas and camellias

To: Canberra Birds <>
Subject: crimson rosellas and camellias
From: John Layton <>
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2015 01:34:13 +0000
During the past week Crimson Rosellas have lain siege to our beautiful Moore
Park Apricot currently in the full flush of blossom. They seem to be eating
the base part of the flower just below the petals, whatever the botanists
call it. Similar minor attacks have been launched against the almond trees
in the past but never enough to cause a problem. However, I fear there'll be
a scarcity of apricot jam this season.

John Layton

-----Original Message-----
From: Elizabeth Compston Subject: [canberrabirds] crimson rosellas and

A few weeks ago I noticed that buds on my very best camellia were falling to
the ground.  Then I saw a pair of crimson rosellas in the tree, just pecking
the buds and dropping them to the ground.  Has anyone else had this problem?
They only did it on one tree; and it is a tree.  What satisfaction are they
getting from the buds?  How can I stop it happening next year?  They have
never done it before


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