by Frances Cincotta
This morning Bonnie saw something drop to the ground in my native garden. A Grey Shrike-thrush young-un was then searching on the ground. It was tackling a Phasmid or Leaf Insect. Quite a big breakfast for the young bird! I’ve noticed this same thing happening between GST and Phasmid in my garden twice before – both in the first week of February of 2 different years. Could it be that the Leaf Insects have gone into flight mode of their life-cycle earlier this year? We can’t really draw a conclusion based on only 3 sightings, but certainly lots of native seed is ripe about 4 weeks earlier than usual.