Week 3 February 2002: Some of our Eucalyptus laevopinea are flowering. Wattlebirds and Noisy Friarbirds are visiting the nectar-rich flowers. They must be some of the noisiest feeders in the bird kingdom.
Looked out our bedroom window early one morning and was greeted by a host of small birds moving through the garden. There were Blue Wrens, White-browed Scrub Wrens, Red-browed Finches, Eastern Spinebills and a solitary Grey Fantail. It is very pleasing to see so many species living in our garden. A pair of Red-browed Finches has chicks in a nest constructed in a Clematis vine on our back patio. With all this bird activity we feel that we are living in an aviary without walls.
Maintaining the avian theme. This week we saw a pair of Currawongs feeding a Channel-billed Cuckoo that was twice the size of the foster parents. The Channel-bills migrate from South-east Asia every spring and lay their eggs in Currawong nests. Currawongs are a problem in many parts of Australia. Their numbers have increased dramatically in the last decade or so. They prey on the young of small native birds. Channel-bills are doing their bit to reduce Currawong numbers.
We finished our planting our Homoranthus garden bed this week. Hopefully the 20 or species will survive and thrive. The next step is to take cuttings from all the plants to build up numbers.
Planted a large Banksia robur in our Pole Garden. This garden is very rocky and most plants appreciate the well-drained conditions. Also planted a large Correa Federation Belle in our Lawn Garden. This handsome hybrid has large pink and creamy-yellow tubular flowers.    

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