|New Zealand Cabbage Palm (Cordyline australis)|
We hadn't anticipated their wildlife value when we first moved in. Mike thought that they — like much of the rest of the garden — had been planted for their ornamental appeal alone. But the flowers attract hordes of insects in the spring, and the berries are clearly favourites with our local birds and passing migrants. Check out the pictures below of some of the species we've spotted enjoying them. Sorry that some of the pictures are so dark; our weather here has been decidedly gloomy this autumn!
|Flowering spike, in late May|
|A pair of migrant Blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla)|
|One of our local European Robins (Erithacus rubecula)|
|A typically gymnastic Eurasian Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)|