a few months ago Alan Morris impressed us all with
his new house complete with Swift Parrots. I too have just moved, but
unfortunately don't have any Swifties (must talk to my estate agent....)
However, I do have some special treats in the garden, as well as a strange
combination of birds.
Firstly, I was absolutely delighted when, on the day before I moved in, I
found some Rock Warblers (ok Origma, if you must) in a neighbours yard.
Since then I have found that they are resident in the street, preferring the
brick walls of houses to the sandstone bluffs nearby. They are so cheeky and
confiding that they really don't care how close you are, they're even good
at telling-off the wife's cat. The cat incidentally is now called
'jingle-bells' for obvious reasons.
The next treat was Fuscous Honeyeaters, an uncommon bird in the Sydney area,
and almost unheard of in the Lower Blue Mountains.
Then came the Bassian Thrush feeding in the already well established (but
soon to be improved) native garden. This bird will sit 2 m out from my
kitchen window, allowing me to see every scale in fine detail. Bliss, being
able to see one of these birds without having to battle thick scrub and
ticks is a real bonus.
Other interesting bird to date include Weebills, Gang-gangs and Little
What a mix, sure Weebills and Fuscous Honeyeaters are often together, but
not usually near Origma or Bassian Thrush.
And no Indian Mynas, I think the sparrows have scared them off..
Lower Blue Mountains,
60 Km west of Sydney.
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