To: Canberra Birds <>
Subject: Camellias
From: Rosemary Blemings <>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2022 22:24:59 +0000
This is the first year I’ve noticed Red Wattlebirds, or a returning individual, 
 probing beaks deep into the blooms of our 35+ year old Camellias. 
The camellias have flowered prolifically thanks to La Nina rehydrating the 
soils but I’ve always assumed the dense blooms had little to offer nectar or 
pollen seeking birds. I assumed that camellias, along with roses and other 
intensively bred floral species were all show and colour and had no enticements 
for potential pollinators. 
Has anyone else noticed Camellias being of use to native birds in this way?

The Wattlebirds could be seeking invertebrates of course.
The visitor could also be the mislead pair that spent many hours determinedly 
pecking at its own image in our mirror-like windows last year. 

Thanks for any observations,
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