Eastern Rosellas and bees

To: Barbara Sturmfels <>
Subject: Eastern Rosellas and bees
From: John Gamblin <>
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2000 17:01:10 -0700 (PDT)
G'day Barbara and all,

That's is my love an passion apart from making others
chuckle with some of my words. I do also build nest
boxes especially on many an occasion for Eastern
Rosella. But I'm just a tad busy at this moment. In
the in between time say from now till next Tuesday?
could you give me a bit more info please, Barbara. Any
idea as to where the main bee swarm is? as in relation
to your nest box? could a dummy nest box be given to
the bees for your council's removal of them program?
do you have one? try a phone call to your local
council. Pile it on a bit to your council, say your
fed up with treating dangerous bee stings on children?
the Eastern Rosella could be called your children
after all.

I've been a silent (and admiring) reader for the last
few months, and am now seeking help.

That's what BA is here for and I have built a list
server called rehabbers devoted to those who wish to
rehabilitate wild birds then return them to the wild.
Email me if you would like to join?

A few years ago we put up a nesting-box for Eastern
Rosella, and they bred successfully for two years or
so. But last year the box was invaded by a swarm of
bees after the rosella had laid,

Sadly it's not that unusual here in Oz ......

but not hatched, their eggs. The parents were driven
out and the eggs deserted.

Yep pesky little "b's" eh :-]>>>>>>

We cleaned the box out and reinstalled it for this

Ahhhhhhh and what did you use to clean the box? a
sweet flowery smelling detergent that soaked into the
exposed wood by any chance? Some household detergents
attract bees as do some Oz timber/wood?

not too worried because the parent hive of the swarm
last year, had been destroyed by the collapse of the
old redgum in which it was housed.

Last year you said so the bees have been around for
quite a while?

Also, we thought it would be pretty bad luck for a
passing swarm to coincide again with the rosellas.

Why?????? the smae flowers blooming could attract from
miles away?

But the same thing has happened this Spring, to our
and the birds' great distress.

If nothing has changed then it would I fear re-occur
time and time again each year.

I don't feel like putting the box up again, unless
someone can suggest a treatment for the box which will
(a) repel future swarms; and (b) not be detrimental to
the birds.

I will glady send you all I have on gum resins
attracting bees and some more but need more info from
you before I do. Could re please answer what I pose
the questions of above.

Someone suggested that propping the lid up for an inch
or two during the nesting season might not worry the
birds, but might discourage bees.

Yep this could work? depends on available sunlight and
the box location plus wind currents.

Any suggestions please? We are situated at Diamond
Creek, on the northern outskirts of Melbourne. AND we
too, had a visiting Cockatiel hanging around in our
goat-paddock, for a couple of weeks recently!

Barbara Sturmfels

I'll swap your cockatiel for my five magpies that
awake me each dawn when they perch on my bedroom
window. Just wish they would sing in tandem rather
then all at once
with full volume. :-]

John A. Gamblin

Sings "B'cos" I can:
Picture yourself in a boat on our Yarra,
With passerine in trees, eating a "four 'n' twenty pie,
Some bird he cawls you, you answer quite slowly,
It's a Kookaburra with a baby magpie,
Newspaper roll ups appear at my door,

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