Autumn in your garden

Subject: Autumn in your garden
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 07:48:06 +1000
My garden is a half acre block at Wongarbon, a small village ~ 20 km east 
of Dubbo.  I've only been here six months and have been trying to restore 
a nice garden from the Kikuyu jungle it was when I moved in.

The garden is dominated by mature Calistemon and Grevilleas and a nice mix 
of eight eucalypts (including a Mugga Ironbark, a Yellow Box, a 
stringybark, a couple of unknown gums and two mallee eucs) scattered 
around the yard.  Next door and across the road are two vacant paddocks 
with large mature White Box.

The weekend just gone was the first weekend at home on four weeks and, I 
think, only the second in two months so it was nice to see what was 
happening bird wise. 

I woke Saturday morning to the usual chorus of Blue-faced Honeyeaters 
getting stuck into the flowering grevilleas.  They were accompanied by 
Yellow-throated Miners and a pair of Striped Honeyeaters in fine voice. 
The most numerous birds in my yard, White-plumed Honeyeaters and 
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters were also in fine voice.  The Pied Butcherbirds 
were also in fine autumn form piping away.

At about 9AM I got a new bird for the garden.  A party of 15 White-winged 
Choughs moved in.  I had heard them nearby before but this is the first 
time I had seen them in the yard.  I suggest they make a daily appearance 
but I don't see them as I'm not there during the day.  Although Saturday's 
visit was brief, due to the attentions of the Magpies, they spent much 
longer in the yard on Sunday merrily scratching through the leaf litter 
under the mallees.  These mallees were also a focal point for the 
Blue-faced HE's, these birds foraging busily behind the peeling bark.

Other conspicuous birds were the King Parrots (hanging around for the last 
month), Ringnecks and Eastern Rosellas.  The local flock of Apostlebirds 
also made their present known on several occasions.  Flocks of Weebills, 
Yellow and Yellow-rumped Thornbills moved through several times 
accompanied by the odd Striated Pardalote and Western Gerygone.

The highlights of the weekend were flocks of migrating Bee-eaters flying 
over on Saturday and a flock of White-browed Woodswallow going over on 
Sunday.  I hadn't seen White-browed Woodswallow over Wongarbon for several 

By the way, the garden is starting to look a picture.

David Geering

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