YFHE and birches

To: 'COG' <>
Subject: YFHE and birches
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2018 23:22:16 +0000



The occasional relevance of old photos.  These were taken in my garden in SEPTEMBER 2005. I thought at the time they were taking some kind of exudation from the catkins.   However, looking now at the same trees (which were planted by the previous owner in the mid-1960s when planting silver birches in threes was still a druidic suburban rite), I find the catkins are dry and crumbly.  Maybe catkins were less dry and crumbly in 2005.  Something of a mystery.      g



From: Jude Hopwood <>
Sent: Sunday, 23 September 2018 8:35 PM
To: COG <>
Subject: [canberrabirds] YFHE and birches


Could anyone tell me what Yellow-faced Honeyeaters might be finding to eat on silver birches (Betula pendula) which have catkins hanging but no foliage yet? Could there be lerps on bark?


With gratitude in advance


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