We have a strict policy against artificial bird feeding at our Blue Mountains property, well apart from providing fresh water. There is an abundance of nectar, seeds and insects to satisfy the countless species that visit us. Half of our large garden is planted with Australian natives, but the birds also love many of the exotic shrubs and trees, especially Japanese maples.
AN EARLY ERROR…
When we moved here twenty years ago we did as many greenhorn newcomers do and bought a bird feeder, mainly to attract the colourful parrots. Of course the seeds immediately brought the larger birds, such as sulphur crested cockatoos and currawongs. The cockatoos nibbled our woodwork and…..far worse, the currawongs attacked our nesting tawny frogmouth. 😪 Lessons were learned the hard way!
The wooden bird feeder remained as a purely decorative feature. However, recently (at my direction) my partner Rob moved it to the branch of a tulip tree, a location close to the deck of our new house.
Co-incidentally, we had our first decent crop of cooking apples this year. The wildlife (possums etc) scoffed most of them, but I decided to put a few windfalls into the feeder….a special treat for both me and the birds.
The King Parrots had been feeding on maple seeds, so the last of the apples meant they could breakfast on delicious muesli!
I suspect Mr King Parrot is saying, ‘Wow, thanks Pauline, this is pretty special.’
I think Mrs King is telling her mate that he has eaten quite enough for one sitting!
‘Oh alright, time to go then.’
It didn’t take long before a crimson rosella turned up. A few maple seeds, then onto the apple. It seems muesli is very popular.
He didn’t seem to mind that someone else had been chewing on his apple.
Satin Bowerbirds arrived as well.
The glossy black, adult male was very hesitant, but unable to resist. Rob took this photo through the sitting room window, to avoid scaring him off.
Oh dear, it had to happen; a lone cockatoo zoomed in to nibble on tulip tree seeds. And yes, he soon spotted the apple down below.
OK, that’s it. Treat time over and back to a purely decorative feeder! I suppose native lilly-pilly berries will soon provide an alternative to apple in the muesli, but I’ll leave it to the birds to collect those themselves. 😍
ATTRACTING BIRDS TO THE GARDEN WITHOUT ARTIFICIAL FEEDING.