Flowering Yellow Boxes - a disappointment

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Subject: Flowering Yellow Boxes - a disappointment
From: Michael Lenz <>
Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2019 06:39:24 +0000
Yesterday Nick Nicholls and I visited sites around Gundaroo. Several Yellow Boxes were in flower. Normally, the flowering trees would attract many insects and many birds, notably honeyeaters. But this time only few insects were present (albeit this may have been more a sign of the dire drought conditions), and birds did not visit the flowers, although many White-plumed Honeyeaters, some Noisy Friarbirds and White-browed Woodswallows were present. It seemed the flowers were poor in nectar, an assessment supported by some beekeepers.

Michael Lenz
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