Many thanks to local bird lover and keen observer, Dawn Angliss, for the following story.
Mistletoebirds are renowned for their industrious behaviour – in the construction of their elaborate and beautiful nests and in their approach to food gathering. A pair is currently building a nest in Dawn’s garden and the female has been making repeated visits to the house – I imagine mainly to collect cobwebs for nest construction. In the course of this activity it has deposited dozens of mistletoe seeds on a series of favourite perches near the windows, as displayed in the images below. Many of these seeds are likely to germinate but their fate is sealed without a natural host to parasitise. I’ve never before seen such an amazing collection.