After the Melville council arborist checked the gum tree, it’s been decided that it has to go. The whole thing. Damned shame, as that tree was a home, haven, nesting site, photography stage and food supply for hundreds of birds. The council will replant a native nectar bearing trees/shrubs, but it will take years for them to become established.
To keep the nectarivores fed though, I will be getting two larger capacity humming bird feeders and those will be put in the back yard to prevent squabbling and territorial fighting… well, cut back on it at least.
We still have the Jacaranda, the bottlebrush hedges, and a few other lower shrubs and trees.