Rosemary Blemings <>
Elizabeth Keen via Canberrabirds <>
Wed, 21 Sep 2022 22:57:43 +0000
Rosemary, there’s at least one Noisy Miner here in Hackett that spends a lot
of time probing our camellia blossoms. Libby
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> On 22 Sep 2022, at 8:25 am, Rosemary Blemings <> wrote:
> 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
> 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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