The plants in our Honeyeater Garden are beginning to thicken up, and along with Crimson Rosella, Magpies and Kookaburras, it is now also attracting Red Wattlebirds, the odd Robin and some fast moving tiny birds that I haven’t been able to photograph yet. Also attracted to the garden is the young joey who spends a lot of time on our property. He looks underneath the shrubs for the weeds and persistent couch grass, apparently ignoring the plants. At least I haven’t seen him eat any of my plants yet.
The Red Wattlebird is attracted to the lush flowers on the succulents I have transferred from the enclosed back yard to edge this garden. When we first moved in, the back yard was frequently visited by honeyeaters attracted to the brightly coloured flowers on the succulents. Since we’ve converted the back yard to a cat enclosure, the birds have not been able to get to the flowers. Originally I was only going to use native Australian plants in the Honeyeater Garden, but I decided that ultimately, all that really matters is that something is in flower at all times of the year. So far, most of the plants are native, with two exceptions. Right now, when the natives are still establishing themselves, the succulents also add a bit of colour to the garden.
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awesome photos! i have those succulents and red wattlebirds in my garden but i’ve never seen them feeding from them
Thanks! I find the Red Wattlebird is relatively shy and it always flies away if it thinks I am watching. I took the photos in this post from inside though the window.
Great to read the list of visitors you’re attracting in…
Thank you, and yes, I will continue to monitor and post on this. I notice a couple of plants now have tiny flower buds, so I am waiting for the flowers to open with great curiosity – it would be fantastic if this attracted a few different species.
are you on instagram? i found a photo of a western spinebill feeding from these succulent flowers
Hi Clare – no, I don’t have an Instagram account at all. I do have Facebook and Twitter though? The Facebook link is here: https://www.facebook.com/FifteenAcres
i’ll find the weblink to the photo tomorrow and tell you. i’m on fb but with a diff name, i’ll look at your fb tomorrow
OK. No worries. My Fifteen Acres Facebook page reflects the blog, but I think it allows you to upload an image or at least a comment. I will check the settings tomorrow too. Thanks for sharing your find. 🙂