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These two do a regular watch on a mated pair of magpies who every year occupy a nearby nest.

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That's cute! We have a pair of native NZ tuis fly in for a sip or two of nectar from the big kowhai tree that hangs over our back fence. Always a huge thrill to see them. Used to get little native fantails catching insects on the lemon tree, but haven't seen any for a while. Plenty of sparrows feeding daily on our birdhouse table, & sipping on the water in a new birdbath .... the bigger birds will probably splash about in it, once our spring weather begins to heat up. It's wonderful to sit & watch birds in the garden.

20 Sep, 2011


Hello Dwyllis, Your bird life sounds truly amazing as does the names of your trees.
Although I live in UK many of our bird species seem to be getting fewer and fewer.
I have not myself seem a sparrow for about ten years now and only one starling in as many years.
There does however seem to be a massive increase in the number of wood pigeons that visit my back garden.
Like you I will never tire of watching the birds in the garden. The wild life visitors are what makes gardening so rewarding.

20 Sep, 2011


Wow .... no sparrows! Where did they all go to? I lived for some years in England, & I remember sparrows in the garden then .... returned to live in NZ late 1998. They are a common little bird, but quite lovable ... funny to watch their antics when they are feeding. We sit in the sunporch with a glass of wine in the evening, & watch them. When the pair of tuis put in an appearance, that is just such a special treat, as they usually keep to native bush areas, but they can't resist that sweet nectar of the kowhai tree. We have starlings here, but I must admit, we don't see them very often in the garden. Blackbirds, thrushes & sparrows are our main guests. The fantails are always a delight to watch, as they will literally flit about as if they are dancing, & they will actually tease cats by doing it right over their heads within paw-swiping distance. Our Maoris consider it bad luck to have a fantail enter the house, but I think they are just the cutest little bird ever.

21 Sep, 2011


Sadly there is a demise in a lot of our British Species. Must be to do with different ways of farming and so many hedgerows dug up. The in thing for many house holders seem to be: Front Garden-Dig it up and concrete for drive;
Back garden- Decking leading onto patio; House-Add the biggest conservatory you can afford.
Only today I asked a friend if they had any house sparrows where they live and they said they would not know a sparrow if they saw one. How sad . So many take nature for granted. Last time I saw a house martins nest was 1969. It was being knocked down because some one said the bird muck was making the windows dirty

22 Sep, 2011

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