Pineapple guava trees are great bird trees. I always grow them & love eating the guavas. For years I've seen orioles, mockingbirds, jays, and starlings eating their petals. We don't have a native pollinator for these fruits and the birds, shaking the flower as they yank off the sweet petals...the birds pollinate the flowers and get them to set fruit. Tom Ogren SLO
-----Original Message----- From: Mike Bush Sent: Jun 28, 2020 6:38 PM To: Judy Neuhauser Cc: SLOBIRD CALIF Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Unusual Hooded Oriole behavior
Hi Judy and All - The white petals on pineapple guava or feijoa (now in the genus Acca) are very sugary and tasty! Wonderful 'raw' in a salad, actually. Recently I have observed European Starlings taking petals in Los Osos. It doesn't surprise me that other birds might take these energy-rich petals, the odd thing to me is the Hooded Oriole learning to DIP them in your grape jelly offering! What a TREAT! Acca sellowiana Pineapple Guava20140501_080117.jpg
Mike BushLos Osos, California
On Sun, Jun 28, 2020 at 4:46 PM Judy Neuhauser <judyneu...> wrote:
I watched my jelly feeder this morning. A male Hooded Oriole flew into the Feijoa tree (also known as Pineapple guava), pulled white petals off the flowers, flew to the jelly feeder, dipped the white petals into the grape jelly twice, then flew off toward his (presumable nest) with white petals tipped in purple jelly. He's been doing this for the past few days. No photos ... yet.