A cavalcade at the bird bath

by Patrick Kavanagh

For a delightful five minutes yesterday, our bird bath was inundated by a plethora of birds – Scarlet Robins, Silvereyes, Buff-rumped and Yellow Thornbills, Grey Shrike-thrushes, a White-throated Treecreeper and Spotted and Striated Pardalotes. Later that day the White-winged Choughs took their turn en masse.

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Buff-rumped Thornbill, Strangways, 13th February 2015.

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Female Scarlet Robin.

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Male Scarlet Robin.

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Silvereye.

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Take two!

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Yellow Thornbill.

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White-throated Treecreeper.

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A monopoly of White-winged Choughs.

4 responses to “A cavalcade at the bird bath

  1. Being ignorant of bird stuff, how do you tell the difference between the buff rump and the yellow thornbill?

    • We are very lucky to have such great neighbours popping in for a drink. It certainly needed a top up after all those Choughs had a turn! Erica, the Yellow Thornbills have the little mask behind and below the eye which is more distinctive than the mottling around the eye on the Buff-rumped and they are more yellow underneath. Having said that, the mask is a bit like that on the Striated Thornbill and not seeing the front of this bird, I misdiagnosed it as a Striated until Geoff pointed out my error (in my defence their were quite a few Striateds there with it). The mask for the Striated Thornbills covers more of their face and doesn’t have the dark bits as much as the Yellow does. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/patrick_k59/15996138382/ ). Geoff might put that all more precisely…

  2. Maryanne Anderson

    How many times did you have to refill that bird bath after all those visitors?? I have NINE bird baths of differing depths and I can’t claim to have any of those birds visit mine! Plenty of Noisy Miners, Magpies and just the occasional Eastern Spinebill and Common Bronzewing.
    Regards, Maryanne 😩

  3. Impressive photos, taken quickly. It must be dry. Early to see Robins about? Two great reasons to keep a birdbath : birds drinking and us watching.

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