Plenty of action in my garden, no need to go anywhere.
I try to do a couple of birdy-related things each season with my boys. I had
planned to check out our local bower and put out some blue objects for our
Satin Bowerbirds early in September and just hadn't got around to it until an
immature bird started building it's bower literally under my nose, so I figure
I've been reminded. Last year I hung short lengths of blue ribbon from a tree
outside our living room window.
Yesterday I noticed a couple of meters away there was a cleared space and a
green bird fussing around there, so I threw it a blue peg. Retreating to my
hide (the living room above) I watched as this immature bird picked up the peg
and then seemed to discard it in a corner of the area. This morning the boys
and I cut up a few pieces of blue felt and put them nearby. Promptly two pieces
were incorporated into what I realised was the display area. I noticed there
were lots of twigs on the ground that hadn't been there previously, but no
bower building as yet. Interestingly there is a red object there too, which
makes sense as apparently immatures are still learning to discriminate colours.
There has been quite a lot of noise coming from that corner of the garden, I'm
really curious to know whether he's going to attempt the actual entrance
towers. One other observation was a mature male came and stole a twig from him,
so I wonder if he's going to make off with our immature's blue
things too. The boys are loving it, we've been making blue things to put out
- blue fingerknitting, a blue felt bird, etc. Today there were three green
birds, two of them displaying and competing for the bower - presumably one
female and two immature males. And the blue peg was a hotly contested item,
being taken by one bird over the fence and then eventually back to its original
position. Lots of whistles and buzzes to entertain as well.
There, not so quiet at our end, Merrilyn!
Arwen Blackwood Ximenes
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