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honey-eaters


January 10th, 2012
by Michele Elliot

Sunshine = washing. At the clothesline this afternoon, I noticed a tiny feathered creature flapping about under the camellia bush. It was a young honey-eater who appeared to have fallen out of its nest. The mother bird was close by and making a lot of noise, and I saw a second baby in amongst the leaves on the ground.

Called WIRES for advice and long story short … I built them a new nest and installed it in the tree. They promptly jumped out. I left the birds on the ground so the mother could keep feeding them which she did all afternoon, came back to find one had hopped up onto a low branch, propped the other one up there too. Patrolled regularly to keep the pesky water dragon at bay, and have now brought them in for the night to keep them away from Boulder Cat.

2 Responses to “honey-eaters”

  1. 1 Jo Law
    January 15th, 2012 at 19:00

    How are the little birds getting along?

  2. 2 Michele Elliot
    January 15th, 2012 at 20:24

    Sorry to report that the neighbour’s cat got to the birds just the other morning. I had been quite vigilant, but once they were in the tree I couldn’t really do much to protect them. They kept coming down to the ground and the lower branches, and as they could only fly horizontally, they couldn’t get away. Both were very noisy in their food demands, so I guess it was only a matter of time.

    I went out to check on them, and when I opened the back door the cat shot around the corner and under the fence. Some of the low branches were broken and I couldn’t see any trace of them. The mother bird was around there all day, calling out and bringing back various insects. Sad.

    Might look into some replanting that part of the garden with some cat-proof bushes.