Our red bottle brush shrubs are at their peak flowering and attracting honeyeaters to the garden. Our resident species are joined by a few nomadic species, of which the two most notable are the Scarlet Honeyeater Myzomela sanguinolenta and the White-cheeked Honeyeater Phylidonyris niger. The Scarlet Honeyeaters were around in numbers last week and this week it is the turn of the White-cheeked who announce their arrival with lots of loud chattering calls as they quickly move from one brush to the next.
The most popular of the bottle brushes are the Callistemon citrinus cultivar "Endevour" that are prolific flower producers that are loaded with nectar.
These honeyeaters range along the coastal areas of NSW and Queensland as well as the south western coast of Western Australia and favour coastal heaths and woodlands where bottle brush and banksias are in abundance..