Week 4 November 2004: Rain = 30 mm.
A flock of Dollar Birds arrived at Yallaroo this week. They migrate from northern Australia, New Guinea and Southeast Asia in spring and return north at the end of summer. They indulge in aerobatics as they zoom through the air catching insects.
Since moving to Yallaroo and establishing our native garden we have been heartened by the number of birds that feed and nest around the house. One of the most satisfying arrivals has been the Scrub Wrens. These normally shy little birds are not often observed. We now have a number of Scrub Wrens that spend most of their time around the house. This week we discovered that a pair has nested in a pot of Maiden Hair Ferns beside our back steps.
Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and Grey Thrushes are also nesting close to the house. They are nesting in the Clematis vines that growing on the patio roof supports.
We were given a Cumquat, as a present, a few weeks ago. This week the plant was potted on into large pot. This will eventually be moved to our back patio in company with a lemon tree that was potted on a few weeks ago.
Sighted more birds this week. Three Channel-billed Cuckoos flew over. These ungainly birds also migrate from the north during spring. They lay their eggs in Currawong nests. This is an activity that is highly commended. The Currawong population has increased dramatically in the past few years. Although native birds they do prey on the nestlings of smaller native birds. Any activity that reduces their population is to be applauded.
This week we spent a day visiting some open gardens in Walcha. The idea was to speak to visitors about native plants. Unfortunately the two gardens visited were basically exotic gardens. We spoke to a few people but we felt that it was a wasted exercise.
On a more positive note we visited a garden in Armidale. This was a native garden and the new owner was keen to have the plants identified. We managed to recognize many of the plants in the garden.