Thanks to a benign and relatively wet summer, the ornamental pear trees are sporting bunches of fruit the size of blueberries, and they’ve attracted to the garden visitors intent upon filling their stomachs with an easily obtained meal.
Cockatoos are large birds and they arrived en masse, landing on the trees’ upper branches, bouncing like children on trampolines and calling raucously to each other as they noisily gorged themselves. They were quite destructive, tearing off twiglets and dropping them on the ground. I feared for the branches as acrobatics were performed in attempts to access the best fruit, swinging upside-down if necessary, screeching all the while.
The collateral damage has been significant: massed twigs and half-eaten fruit at the foot of each tree; branches bared.
I counted around twenty of them in the trees. They clocked me out in the garden with my camera and gave me very sceptical looks before flying off.
Do you have destructive creatures in your garden? Do you attempt to move them on in some way, or accept them as part of the garden, knowing that plants will recover in their own time?