spinebill

time to feed

blossom offers choice

self service

This solitary Eastern Spinebill, ( a honeyeater) visits our garden annually, arriving in late Autumn and departing back to the mountains in early Spring. He seeks out the indigenous plants flowering in our back yard, Grevillias, and Correas Thirty years ago whole families of these beautiful birds could be seen across our city, but climate change and bird species adaption change now means seeing one is fortunate.

welcome

autumn guest

an agile feeder

welcome here

This beautiful little Eastern Spinebill has been visiting our garden for the last four Autumns. They are a honeyeater and seek out nectar in blossom. This is a grevillea we bought last Spring in Bendigo hoping it would attract Honeyeaters. For such a small bird they have an incredible loud and sharp whistle like call. Usually we hear them however this year we have seen him/her more often. Today when I came in the front gate I heard, then spotted the bird,feeding on Charlie’s kisses, a fuchsia ¬†growing on Charlie’s resting place. This was an extra special moment.

make the most of it

IMGP1218blossom in autumn

mysteries of climate change

enjoy the nectar

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In Melbourne and across most of Victoria we have experienced a very dry summer with the lack of rainfall extending into Autumn. Our local resident Ringtail Possums with no natural food supplies left have defoliated a Cherry Plum tree in the backyard. The poor tree struggling to survive has produced fresh buds and blossom in April (the middle of Autumn). In turn the new blossom has attracted nectar feeding birds including this beautiful male Eastern Spinebill. These amazing little birds have a long bill, (as seen in the images) that is dipped deep into flowers to extract nectar. In the top image he has finished feeding and below is drying out after taking a dip in the birdbath.