It has been many months since we recorded a new bird species sighting from our block of land. That was number 140 and the very spectacular Peregrine Falcon. Then, in the last few days we have added two more to the list and noted some interesting behaviour from the resident species.
When I returned from my recent camping trip Kathy told me there was a dead bird in the vegetable garden that she did not recognise. It seems that it must have flown into the metal mesh trellis that our beans grow upon and the impact was fatal. I had a look and there was a female Koel, one of the larger cuckoo species and something we had not seen here before. Koels typically use Peewee, Figbirds and Friar birds as hosts.
Yesterday I was working in the garden and noticed a small bird flit out of the jungle patch on our neighbouring farm. It perched briefly in clear view on the barbed wire fence before returning to the undergrowth. I did not have my binoculars with me and the little bird was a good forty metres away. Nevertheless I saw enough distinguishing features to identify an Eastern Yellow Robin.
Last week I noticed one of the Laughing Kookaburras fly up and perch at the entrance of the nest box we put up for owls. The nest box is designed to suit the Southern Boobook owl and I would have thought it a little small for kookaburras. Apparently not. The last couple of days the pair have been very active, entering and leaving the nest box and sitting close by in proprietary fashion.
Yesterday evening, as Kathy and I sat on the edge of the patio to remove our walking shoes, just after our sunset walk, the resident pair of Curlews paraded proudly in front of us with two tottering little hatchlings. They must have nested in one of the neighbours’ garden beds because the little ones could not have travelled very far. I reckon they would have hatched only that morning.