I’m sitting on the seat on the front veranda at home, listening to, and looking for birds. Only in a casual way though, simpy sitting here, ready to observe any birds that come along to visit … I’m not expecting a huge variety of different birds, just stoically prepared to delight in whatever I see. There’s been mostly both male and female Sparrows so far, no surprises there, they’re the most prolific bird in every count I ever do, at home.
At the moment, there’s a male Sparrow, perched on one of our geranium bushes in a big pot off to my left, and the bird is calling out quite loudly. No, now he’s just taken off somewhere else. I’ve seen either one White-plumed Honeyeater, twice, or two different ones, getting a drink from the drip tray of another geranium. And I’ve seen two Murray Magpies, one walking on the ground, the other one flying by, quite low to the ground, it may be the same one, I don’t know.
Now another White-plumed Honeyeater just had a quick sip from that same, drip tray, and then it flew away. I’ve also seen a New Holland Honeyeater, it perched in the closest shrub to where I’m sitting. I’ve just seen three youngish Starlings drinking from the birdbath further away from me.
Two Crested Pigeons have dropped by, one had a drink from the closest birdbath, and it perched on the head of the cement Kookaburra that forms part of the birdbath, and that always makes me smile, to see it!
I didn’t get the photograph of the Crested Pigeon sitting on the Concrete Kookie’ head, but this is the birdbath I was sitting near. And of course, there’s a flamingo there in the photo to see as well! There are actually two Flamingos out there, plastic ones, both treasured Christmas presents a few years back!
Another bird visited, it flew in and perched in the pine tree closest to me. I can’t say it was for sure, but think it was most likely a Red Wattlebird. It seemed to be the right shape and size, but the distinguishing wattle on the throat wasn’t visible through the pine tree needles of the branch it was on.
I’ve seen another New Holland Honeyeater, or maybe the same one back again. I’m seeing Sparrows fly past, or perch somewhere within sight, very often. And just then, a younger ie smaller, New Holland Honeyeater just took a sip of water from that drip tray. And flew away, to be replaced by another White-plumed Honeyeater.
And now, oh joy, oh bliss, a large parrot just appeared, landed in a tree, but then disappeared … such a shame, but such is the way it goes, sometimes, when you’re birdwatching. The birds are going about their usual lives, and don’t care at all what I would like to see.
After a short break, I’m back looking/watching. A White-plumed Honeyeater perched in the Bush thing about six meters in front of my seat, stayed briefly, then flew off. This bush is a native plant that doesn’t have leaves, as such, but gets long green stems instead. It gets yellow flowers in late Spring/early Summer, that have a very strong fragrance. Sparrows often perch on the tree.
I’ve had a Crested Pigeon settle down about fifteen meters away, on the ground, in the shade of the wattle tree growing there, on a bit of a rise near our front fence. Birds often land there, on the bushes and trees growing next to, and on it. The Crested Pigeon seems quite comfy there, and might actually be asleep …
In the photograph above, you can see the wattle tree, and the shade I mention in the previous paragraph, and that is the rise near our front fence I mentioned. And I’ve just remembered another bird I often see and hear around our place, but more usually in the morning, and then in the early evening, and that bird is the Galah, a type of cocatoo, very recognisable, because of its pink and grey colouration. I hear Galahs in the morning, before I actually get up for the day, they fly squawking past our place, or drop in for a drink.
Even though I can’t always see the birds, because they’re perched out of sight, in our various bushes and trees, or on the roof, there is an almost constant stream of cheeps and chirps, and if I were an expert, I could identify the species for each sound. But rather than an expert, I’m an interested amateur, so rely on seeing the various birds well enough for identification.
One bird that I’m surprised not to have seen in this session, is the lovely Willie Wagtail. I did hear a sound that may have been one of them and I know they live and visit around here, because I’ve seen them building, and then laying eggs in a nest again this season, as they did last nesting season, on our old satellite dish attached to our house. Several baby chicks emerged from the eggs laid there, this year, and they’re often to be seen in the back yard … Around the front yard too, but not today, not yet, anyway.
The other bird I almost always see in both the front and back yards, is the Welcome Swallow. They are almost always perched in our carport, near our front door, but I didn’t notice them there today. I may have scared them off when I went outside to begin my birdwatching session …
Now I’ve gone back inside, the bird watching out there all done for today. I saw six different kinds of birds, plus the parrot I saw, which I know was a parrot for sure, but not which kind of parrot it was.
If you’re interested in birds around where you live, I’d love to know more about it, why not do your own birdwatching session and tell me what you see, I’d love to read about it. Just leave a message here, after you take a look, or if you already know what birds you often see, I’d love to hear about that too!