Where have all the Flowers Gone?
This morning I went for a bushwalk. I was looking for flowers that would provide nectar for birds, microbats, gliders, ringtail possums to feed on. I found very few. This will be the case right through Autumn and Winter. Small birds will like your garden if it has native plants that flower during this period, supplying much needed nectar, insects and shelter.
Choose local natives, or nursery cultivars and hybrids that closely resemble them. Have some densely planted areas so that small birds are protected from predators. They can dart out, have a quick nibble and dart back before danger arrives. A shallow bird bath with clean water will also help.
Big flowering hybrid Grevilleas look good and flower most of the year, but they attract larger birds that are aggressive and territorial. They will chase away small birds. Some people clear shrubs, leaving only large trees and grass. This is an open invitation for aggressive birds like native minors to take over. Smaller birds will avoid the area – there is no protection or food for them.
A small sample of native shrubs that flower in Autumn and Winter include: Banksia, Brachyscome, Bauera rubioides, some Callistemon, Correa, Crowea, Lambertia, Leptospermum squarrosum, Scaevola “Mauve Clusters”, native violet, Epacris, Hakea bakeriana and gibbosa, Zieria “Pink Crystals”, Acacia terminalis and myrtifolia, and Grevillea mucronulata.
For more information, go to the “Birds in Backyards” website. And visit stillcreeklandcare.com.au.