At the Bird Bath

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At the Bird Bath

An interesting time today at a couple of our shallow bird bowls on the s.e. slopes of the Mt Lofty Ranges in SA.

First, a Common Bronzewing Pigeon called by to quench its thirst. In nearly 33 years we've seldom had visits from this species. Over the last 2 weeks I've had 6 sightings , including of a pair yesterday. So this is potentially special news. Hopefully, the pair are here to stay & will be joined by others of their ilk.

Second, a female Flame Robin followed the Common Bronzewing. Last year we had a visit from this species, the first or second for many years after we used to have them visit every winter. Hopefully, sort of like Arnold Schwartenegger, they're baaack.

Incidentally, we're finding that the 4 shallow bird bowls we have installed are attracting a lot of small birds, not to mention almost regular visits from Western Grey Kangaroos. Yellow Thornbills, Yellow-rumped Thornbills, Brown-headed, White-plumed & New Holland Honeyeaters, Red-browed Finches, Striated Pardalotes, Willie Wagtails, are among those attracted lately.

dwatsonbb's picture

Must be nice to see a good range of birds woko. Your hard work and of course provision of water seems to be paying of. Hope your good self and Ms woko are doing well in tough times? 

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

sue818's picture

Sounds wonderful, Woko... wish I was in your backyard. Keep safe

Woko's picture

Thanks, Dale & sue. We're doing really well & I hope you good folk are, too.

It's great having several bird baths of varying depths outside our main viewing window. There's never a dull moment! We have several seed-eating species which, I think, are availing themselves of a good supply of crumb weed seeds. Crumb weed is a native summer herb which has spread nicely around our house advantaged, I think, by a good rain in early February followed by quite dry, mild conditions. Unfortunately, 2 of the seed-eating species, European Gold Finch & House Sparrow, are ferals. Numbers of the other species, Red-browed Finch, are building nicely. 

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