by Patrick Kavanagh
It’s been a bit of a feeding frenzy at our place at Strangways of late. All four pardalote nest boxes have seen successfully fledged young Striated Pardalotes Pardalotus striatus and the relay of parents ferrying invertebrates to their young has just finished with the fledging of the chicks. Already new tenants are checking out the boxes. A few metres from our front verandah, Brown Thornbills Acanthiza pusilla and Superb Fairy-wrens have nests just a metre apart. They seem to have come to terms with their close proximity and both sets of parents are bringing in beaks full of bounty. I can’t imagine the insect load our bush would carry without these small birds.
To cap it all off, our resident Yellow-faced Honeyeaters Lichenostomus chrysops are drinking deeply of the nectar provided by recently flowering Callistemons.