I was pleased to share a walk this morning with my friend Ted, visiting from the Apple Isle. A jaunt to Spring Hill produced a bevy of birds – Red-capped Robins sparring with Scarlet Robins in an adjoining territory, Pallid Cuckoos incessantly mournful and numerous Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoos. The highlight though was the discovery of a pair of Mistletoebirds, putting the finishing touches on a beautifully woven nest in a broken-down Long-leaf Box. The nest of this species can only be described as a ‘work of art’ – a purse of cobwebs, eucalypt gum and even some spent wattle flowers, suspended delicately from a twig.
A Square-tailed Kite floating lazily over the canopy as we departed for home was another great sight on a productive morning.