The start of something special

For the past few weeks Mistletobirds have been singing incessantly around the neighbourhood.

A male has staked out a territory in the churchyard next door and the female has commenced nest-building. My experience is that the males don’t do much of the work although I did note a couple of visits which mainly seemed to be for inspection purposes rather than anything constructive! The suspended nest is extraordinary – a beautifully woven purse made from wool, fine grass, cobwebs and wattle flowers. I hope this one is successful.

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The male singing from its favoured perch in the crab-apple

Male Mistletoebird, Newstead, 23rd September 2016

Male Mistletoebird, Newstead, 23rd September 2016

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The female about to make a furtive visit to the nest with cobwebs

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The partially constructed nest

One response to “The start of something special

  1. That is he most beautiful bird, when you look that good you can get away with not doing any work!

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