crimson rosellas and camellias

To: 'John Layton' <>, 'Canberra Birds' <>
Subject: crimson rosellas and camellias
From: John Bundock <>
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2015 07:04:14 +0000
Each year eastern rosellas, and others, strip the blossom off our flowering
apricot. This year they're being assisted (after being driven away) by
rainbow lorikeets.

Adjacent flowering quince is untouched.

John Bundock

John Bundock
-----Original Message-----
From: John Layton 
Sent: Thursday, 10 September 2015 11:34 AM
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: crimson rosellas and camellias

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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