Birds

Two eggs in the nest of a crested pigeon. Two eggs in the nest of a crested pigeon.

 

I thought I was going well with the winter chores in the garden because I was ready to trim the abelia hedge weeks before the official start to spring … but oh no! I can’t do it now because there’s a nest in it.

On the same note, we have an untidy stack of boxes out side the back door, and there’s a nest in there too!! So that mess will just have to stay there for a while. After all, the birds live here too!

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Rainbow Lorikeets at Wooli

by cjj on June 14, 2013

Even in winter the birds can find flowers to supply them with nectar. It’s been so dry in Barraba so far this year, but at Wooli they say it hasn’t stopped raining.
While we were there last weekend we heard the Eastern Rozellas on their nest inside the wall of our kitchen! Really!

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Spring is almost here

by cjj on August 19, 2011

It’s that time of year again. The birds are all getting quite excited, and some of them already have young. These crested or top knot pigeons are among my favourite. Sadly, they are also the favourite of some local birds of prey. However, they are a successful bird, they are very common. These 2 photos are of 2 birds that are brothers, or sisters. I thought there could have been more than one young in the nest because there were a lot of tails poking out of it. Today we found these two birds on the ground, no where near the nest. The one that J is holding is not very well. It was laying on its side on the path. The other one was sitting nearby under some shrubbery. The sick bird is not calling for food so it’s parents are not feeding it. We will make sure it’s safe for the night, but sadly, there is not much hope for it.

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Apostlebird – Struthidea cinerea

by cjj on May 27, 2011

Apostle birds

Apostle birds

Love these Apostlebirds. They visit us regularly, always in a group of between 10 and 13. They have a lot of character and it’s very entertaining to watch them interact as they explore the yard. I was quite pleased with this photo that I took as two of them dived out of a tree.

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Pond's first resident.

The pond's first resident.

We were putting some plants into the pond today, and this little frog came out from under a rock, and swam all around. Besides a drowned mouse, and plenty of insects, this is the first real resident to move in. We were pleasantly surprised to see more birds today than usual, and they were focusing on the pond. A scissors grinder was there (haven’t seen one of them for a few years). A wagtail spent ages catching insects over the water, flying from rock to rock around the edge of the pond. There was also a flame tale finch.

The frogs around here are nearly always green, or brown about to turn green. I have no idea what type of frog this one is.

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Spiney cheeked honeyeater

by cjj on March 3, 2011

Spiney cheeked honeyeater

Spiney cheeked honeyeater

This bird has been in the garden a lot lately and now we know why. J saw its nest today, with maybe 2 hatchlings. In this photo it has a tiny insect in its beak and is on a perch about to enter the tree where the nest is. We could hear the young birds calling so we knew they were there somewhere.
The same tree has another nest with a bird sitting on its young, it’s a crested pigeon.
The strange thing is that that tree has now been struck by fallen branches from a bigger tree, twice! It is badly damaged and only about 3 meters tall. But it has very spikey leaves and is obviously a favourite for nesting birds. Wish I knew what it’s called. I tried to strike pieces of it to get more of the same tree, but they haven’t worked. I will get a photo of it tomorrow, maybe there is a ‘what tree is that’ web site 🙂

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Friends in our garden

by cjj on February 28, 2011

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Scrub wren

by cjj on February 21, 2011

scrub wren

scrub wen in the garden

We were quite busy today. We got a lot of work done on the trench across the yard to the 2 shipping containers. I did some study, and some physical exercise. I also made a trip into town. I also took 135 photographs!

 

So which photo did I choose to put here? The first one that I took this morning when I was having breakfast in the back yard!

This is a scrub wren. He (or she) is one of our favourite birds. They have real personalities and their behaviour is so much more interesting than the more common blue wren. They aggressively search for food, lifting and throwing things around, turning leaves and raking through debris. The blue wrens just seem to peck. There are 2 scrub wrens in the yard at the moment. We think they chased their teenage child away just last week! This means they might be nesting again.

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King parrot

by cjj on January 23, 2011

King Parrot

King Parrot

A beautiful male king parrot eating seeds in the thistles. The yellow saffron thistle is still flowing, but I think the bird is eating seeds out of dried scotch thistle flowers. He was very happy, so much food!

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Bird feeding time at Dungowan

by cjj on December 24, 2010

double barred finches and king parrot

Double barred finches and king parrot feeding around the corner!

At Joe and Ann’s place at Dungowan a few weeks ago, we sat and watched the garden, and the valley, for quite a long time. Ann likes to feed these birds. She says the finches are descendants of the birds that her father used to keep in cages on the farm next door. So she is very fond of them. I like the tolerance of the birds, no competition here.

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