A few years ago a tree outside my office window (a Liquid Ambar, I think it’s known as Sweet Gum in the US, although it originates from Turkey) died and blew over in a (very) strong wind. Actually it didn’t blow over, more snap in half.
We left the stump to dry out and over time I noticed that Albert (the red wattle bird that lives in the area) used it to perch on. I decided I wanted to repurpose the stump into a bird bath and bee hotel.
I bought a bee hotel from Aldi (renamed AJ’s Bee ‘n’ Bee) and went to the seconds shop at the rubbish tip. I bought an old satellite dish, stopped at the hardware store to grab a few supplies and then began constructing.
I’m totally thrilled with the result, and even more so because after only 10 days, Albert began using it (bottom photo). Now I just have to wait for the native bees to move in (FYI, most native Australian bees are solitary and stingless).
Do you have a bird bath? What birds do you get?