More garden visitors … not all welcome

The lure of water and the last of the summer fruits is attracting a range of birds in the garden at the moment.


Immature Crimson Rosella, Wyndham Street Newstead, 1st March 2015.


New Holland Honeyeater … with fascinator!


White-browed Scrub-wrens are a welcome resident.


This one seemed interested in the last of the mulberries.

All of the above are welcome – unfortunately a small flock of House Sparrows has also arrived in recent months. They are quite aggressive towards the smaller birds such as firetails, wrens and scrub-wrens … might be time for a campaign!


A bloody House Sparrow!

10 responses to “More garden visitors … not all welcome

  1. Bash the sparrow with that bit of iron

  2. Joanne Watkins

    What’s the best way to rid the area of sparrows and even worse Indian miners …any tips?

  3. Now if it was a small flock of Goshawks, then the other birds really would be in trouble. But I would make this point – what makes the life of a sparrow any more or any less important than any other bird? Numbers? An ‘introduced’ species? (us white folk are most certainly not native). The term ‘pest’ is a label that WE use – and sometimes I’m not certain we have the right. Ooops, I’m starting to rant. Just some food for thought.

  4. Large flock have moved in here too Geoff, after being almost free of them for quite a while. After catching a lot of mynas we rarely see one now, so that’s a big plus.

  5. We are on 40 bush acres near Stawell. We have no sparrows or blackbirds or mynahs, but our neighbours are inundated. Any ideas as to why?

    • Hi Bonnie, sparrows just don’t seem to be able to find enough food in undisturbed bushland areas, whereas around town there are always scraps to keep them happy. I suspect there is a relationship between chooks and sparrows too – our most recent arrivals seemed to coincide with the installation of a chook pen. One of the trade-offs for fresh eggs I guess.
      Cheers, geoff

  6. We moved into Maryborough – right on the edge – and left all our sparrows on the Farm at Baringhup West. I think I miss the little blighters!
    We have disturbed bush, urban, no cat and 17 chooks. The rats followed the chooks, but no spriggies.

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