Scarlet Honeyeaters and Introduced Pine Trees

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Subject: Scarlet Honeyeaters and Introduced Pine Trees
From: "Vella" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2000 22:12:00 -0000
Yesterday late afternoon, I decided to make a brief visit to Prospect Reservoir  (approx. 40 km west of Sydney) to see if I can find any other interesting birds attracted to the flowering Mugga Ironbarks and Spotted Gums. The only Honeyeaters I saw feeding from them were the Red and little Wattlebirds, Noisy Miners and White-plumed Honeyeaters. There were upto 3 Bar-shouldered Doves feeding alongside the road to the top picnic area.
In the flowering coral trees at the bottom of the hill were the above Honeyeaters, aswell as Noisy Friarbirds and 3-4 New Holland Honeyeaters. There were atleast 5 Great-crested Grebes visible close to the eastern shore of the Reservoir with probably many more further away from this shore.
What I found surprising (as with my visit last weekend and on a visit to an area nearby to the Reservoir a few years ago), was seeing a male Scarlet Honeyeater calling for sometime from an Introduced Pine Tree. A few years ago, I encountered a few in an Introduced Pine Forest just east of the Reservoir. Could there be mistletoe growing off the introduced pines which may be attracting the Scarlet Honeyeaters? Has anybody seen them in introduced Pine Trees before. These pine trees were not adjacent to any flowering Eucalypts.
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