CURRAWONG CASHES IN ON CICADA SEASON

CURRAWONG CASHES IN ON CICADA SEASON

MID AUGUST 2020 – I was creating a new garden bed recently when I spotted a currawong gathering roots for its nest. A yellow robin on the look-out for worms was watching on with a wary eye. The currawong nest was constructed high in a eucalypt (local

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SWIMMING CLUB OF THE BIRD WORLD

SWIMMING CLUB OF THE BIRD WORLD

We are a competitive lot in the Blue Mountains of NSW. At a Blackheath outdoor pool, this little silvereye was training for the 20cm breaststroke event, and struggling a bit. Oh the relief to get to the end! And an encouraging word from the coach always helps..

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WONGA NURSERY AT BLACKHEATH

WONGA NURSERY AT BLACKHEATH

There was initially some reluctance on the part of our Wonga twins to attend nursery school in the garden. That nest high in the conifer was so snug and secure. The pair hatched in August and by mid September one parent was offering encouragement from an adjacent

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WONGA WATCHING…..TWINS!

WONGA  WATCHING.....TWINS!

It’s such a privilege to be involved in the life of baby birds. A pair of native Wonga pigeons have been providing my husband Rob and I with this delightful opportunity over a number of years. They live in our Blue Mountains garden, and are as much

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A WALK ON A WARM DAY – BEAUTIFUL BLACKHEATH

A WALK ON A WARM DAY - BEAUTIFUL BLACKHEATH

What an unusually high temperature we had on Thursday. Even the breeze was warm. Maybe it doesn’t bode well for summer, but I did revel in it, and so did the crimson rosellas. Time to get out and about, much as I appreciate the delights of home.

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THE SNOW STORM WONGAS

THE SNOW STORM WONGAS

Deciding to produce chicks in mid winter was never going to be a good idea. However, our resident Wonga pair would not be dissuaded. We invariably get snow here in the upper Blue Mountains and sure enough, down it came in mid August. The eggs had only

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THE CONIFER TREE WONGAS

THE CONIFER TREE WONGAS

AUGUST 2020 AND THE WONGAS ARE STILL IN BREEDING OVERDRIVE. I BLAME COVID-19; THEY MUST FEEL THE NEED TO INCREASE THEIR NUMBERS IN CASE OF CROSS-SPECIES INFECTION. After producing two single chicks over a Blue Mountains winter (yes, I did tell them it wasn’t the right season)

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WILL WE HAVE ANOTHER WONGA HATCHING THIS WINTER?

WILL WE HAVE  ANOTHER WONGA  HATCHING  THIS WINTER?

In this extraordinary year of 2020, our resident Wonga couple have been producing chicks throughout winter. Remember Peter Costello’s quote on offspring, ‘One for Mum, one for Dad and one for the country?‘ Well, they have truly taken this to heart. There have been two single ones,

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OWNER BUILDER MR S. BOWERBIRD….. A HEARTBREAKING REVERSAL!

OWNER BUILDER MR S. BOWERBIRD..... A HEARTBREAKING REVERSAL!

Isn’t this just the most wonderfully constructed bower? Good, thick walls and a perfectly shaped, oval ‘front door’. You might say Mr. S. has home construction pegged (sorry, I couldn’t resist). He is a builder extraordinaire and a credit to the community of Blackheath. JULY 21 —

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OWNER BUILDERS – MR S. BOWERBIRD AND MR B. CONOLLY

OWNER BUILDERS - MR S. BOWERBIRD AND MR B. CONOLLY

For what seems a very long time I have been following two building projects here in the Blue Mountains’ village of Blackheath. I am beginning to wonder whether either of them will ever reach completion. The first of the intrepid owner builders is Mr Satin Bowerbird, of

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