Bird in our Backyard Bottlebrush Tree.

It’s not often that I share any photos from our garden, but our stunning red bottlebrush tree is in full bloom and the local Rainbow Lorrikeets are feasting on what must be the nector of the Gods. I swear they get more than tipsy on the stuff and by the end of the day, you should hear them twittering in the trees. The birds flock to particular trees at the beach on dusk the noise is almost deafening but in a nice way. That’s why you never plant bottlebrush trees (callistemons) near your bedroom window. The same cacophony fires up at dawn and forget trying to sleep through it!

There’s such a thing as too much of a good thing!

What sort of birds do you have in your backyard?

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

xx Rowena

Midwestern Plant Girl wrote a a great post about seeing Rainbow Lorrikeets in the USA. I realise that I might’ve over-done the noise aspects of the Rainbow Lorrikeet because compared to a Sulfur-crested cockatoo with it’s loud but lovable screech, it’s sweet and musical. Here’s the link:

17 thoughts on “Bird in our Backyard Bottlebrush Tree.

  1. Rowena Post author

    It’s great to be able to post you a bird in my own backyard. These Rainbow Lorrikeets are quite common around here. they’re such pretty birds and also very friendly and used to people. We used to put out bread soaking in honey and water for them and they love it. It’s a bit frowned on now as it’s not good for them.
    I planted this tree as tube stock when we first bought the house 15 years ago. So stoked that there’s evidence that I don’t kill every plant I touch! Hope you’re having a great weekend! xx Rowena

  2. TanGental

    typically British fare – blackbirds, robins, various tits, the odd finch and crows, jays and magpies, woodpeckers and… erm parakeets. They are have established themselves locally and a right pest even if a beautiful jungle green.

  3. Pleasant Street

    How marvelous! Yes I bet if someone planted that tree by their bedroom window, they would move it after one season 🙂

    We have many-the ones that come to mind are wrens, sparrows, chickadees, robins (the sort we have here in the U.S.) , bluejays and cardinals. The cardinals are marvelous because we get to see them all winter, they don’t leave for warm weather

  4. Suvi

    We have so many seagulls in our area. I’m not particularly a fan, their screaming can get very annoying. This summer on the boat we were woken up on several mornings to the not very attractive chirping of a swallow.

  5. merrildsmith

    WOW! Bottle Brush Tree and rainbow lorrikeet–very exotic sounding to me!
    We’ve had some very tuneful mockingbirds around this summer, plus robins, cardinals, sparrows, crows, blue jays, etc.

  6. Rowena Post author

    This is making me wish we could hear as well as see each others’ neighbourhoods. I must go and record the rainbow lorrikeets at sunset and post it on the blog. It is amazing!
    Your collection of birds certainly sounds quite exotic to me..except for the crows. We have them too.
    I don’t know about you but birds can really help recreate that sense of place. At least, they do for me.

  7. merrildsmith

    I love listening to the birds. I can’t identify most of them, but earlier the summer the mockingbird would sing from a particular tree in the evening and in the morning, too. And I like listening to the robins early in the morning, when spring comes. We heard something singing this morning, even with the windows closed and the a/c on.

  8. Rowena Post author

    I’m a bit like you with the seagulls. We have heaps of them around here as well.
    When it comes to being woken up by birds, I clearly remember being woken up by crows at sunrise when we went skiing. That was painful!

  9. New Journey

    Beautiful…….we have doves, doves and more doves…LOL 2 breeds, ring neck doves, and small Inca doves, they are so cute….road runners, hawks, a large black bird with a long tail called a grackle, they are characters, however they eat small birds….they can be vicious….some other smaller birds not sure of there names…nothing as pretty as your beauty….kat

  10. Minuscule Moments

    The detail captured is amazing, I think he’s only a young thing as the breast colours are not at full bloom yes they are noisy and cheeky but I love them, the magpies own our yard and so they keep the bigger birds at bay. Im okay with that I love magpies too.

  11. Rowena Post author

    I’m not sure whether our birds around here migrate or not. I do know the magpies who’ve been fed a steady supply of mince by my elderly neighbours all their lives aren’t migrating anywhere!
    Hope you’ve had a great weekend.
    xx Rowena

  12. Midwestern Plant Girl

    These guys are adorable! I would have rather seen them in the wild 😆
    Like you, I would find the chatter pleasant, however not first thing in the morning! Let alone outside my bedroom window! 😣
    The red bottle brush has a beautiful bloom. We use the same name for a completely different plant (Aesculus parviflora – there is a red and a white version). So funny how common names get used for many plants.

  13. Rowena Post author

    I Googled your Aesculus parviflora and can see why it’s also called a bottlebrush. Very pretty.
    I thought of you when I was driving home from school drop off yesterday and I saw two Lorrikeets flying ahead. All you could see from behind was their bright green feathers and delicate shape.
    I’ve never had them sit on me like that. In Queensland there’s the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and they have huge flocks of rainbow lorrikeets. I went there as a kid:
    xx Ro

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