Remember  British artist and designer William Morris and his famous Strawberry Thief design? Those thrushes ended up in homes around the world. I’m sure Mr Morris forgave them for raiding his garden by the stripling Thames.

William Morris and the Strawberry Thief Design
The Strawberry Thief Pattern

I don’t grow strawberries, but I do have lots of  feathered thieves in my Blue Mountains garden. They are most welcome, but only because I don’t bother trying to grow fruit or vegetables (except for  a cooking apple tree and basic  herbs.) I am willing to share my flowers  because there are plenty to go round and the birds give me so much joy.

The satin bowerbirds, both green juveniles and glossy blue/black adult males, steal anything blue to decorate their bowers. Their favourite is a beautiful little groundcover called lithodora.

Satin bowerbird stealing flowers
Couldn’t fit much more in!
Adult male bowerbird
I’ll take these thanks.

I’m sure that in a court of law this behaviour would be considered a  minor misdemeanor rather than theft.

King parrots concentrate on camellia and magnolia blooms.

King parrot eating magnolia
Star magnolia
King parrot in camellia
King parrot in camellia
King Parrots in camellia tree
Mr and Mrs K Parrot lunching out.

Crimson rosellas prefer  the Australian native correa flowers. I catch them in the act through my kitchen window.

Crimson rosella eating a correa flower
A tasty treat.

Oh, and grevillea is almost as popular.

Crimson rosella i grevillea
I’ll just take a few.

Those sweet lithodora flowers seem to appeal to the rosellas as well.

Crimson rosellas eating lithodora blooms.
We’ll take some too.

Nectar theft is constant at our place. It’s a wonder there is enough left for the bees.

Crimsin rosella in Banksia
Rosella in Banksia spinulosa.

Wattle birds are completely addicted.

Wattle bird feeding on banksia bloom
Banksia is just the best!

Those wattle birds can’t wait for the beautiful waratahs to bloom. And when they finish? How about dipping into red hot pokers?

Wattle birds feeding on waratah nectar.
Wattle Bird feeding on waratah
Wattle bird embellishing a waratah bloom.
Wattlebird sipping red hot poker nectar

The  fuchsia  pictured below left is so attractive to the Eastern Spinebill that it’s known as the Spinebill Fuchsia. Surely the native correas were designed specifically to cater for these charming birds.

Eastern spinebill on fuchsia
Paradise for an Eastern Spinebill
Eastern spinebill feeding on correa.
Correa Alba

But oh, what a feast is the Banksia Serrata. The little fellow below just doesn’t know where to start.

Eastern spiebill on banksia.
Pretty as a picture.


The theft of wattle seeds might be problematic if I wanted to harvest ‘bush tucker’, but would I  want to compete with a gorgeous King Parrot?  Not really……I know my limits.

King Parrot feasting on wattle seeds
King parrot nd wattle seeds
A little snack.
Wsttle seed for a male king parrot
Far more agile than me!

Tulip tree seeds are like breakfast cereal for birds. Forget rolled oats or cornflakes.

Crimson rosella and tulip tree seed.
Breakfast in the autumn sunshine.
Cocky munching tulip tree seeds
Munching muesli

Is there a point where I draw the line? Well yes….house theft. If a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo nibbles on my cedar window frames it’s an indictable offence!

The dear gang-gang would never do that, even though he looks so cheeky as he scoffs seeds.

Male gang-gang cockatoo

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