Not fussed!

I used to get frustrated with the fact that native Australian birds often seemed quite at home amongst ‘foreign’ weeds.

My emotions have mellowed over time.

Eastern Yellow Robins seem to really like hanging out amongst the clumps of Blackberry along the Loddon River, while our fledgling Red Wattlebirds have spent most of the past week hiding amongst the foliage and flowers of exotic shrubs bordering our yard.

Red Wattlebird fledgling, Wyndham Street Newstead, 29th September 2018

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Eastern Yellow Robin, Loddon River @ Newstead, 29th September 2018

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Please note: This post is not advocating a case for ‘weeds’, merely observing that some of our more adaptable species are quite at home in local ‘weedscapes’. I’ve yet to see a Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Crested Bellbird or other more particular woodland bird in anything other than intact native habitat.

2 responses to “Not fussed!

  1. Helen Schofield

    Liking your disclaimer. Dead boxthorn clothed in Clematis microphylla is a great place for little birds.

  2. Blackberry I guess has replaced the native raspberry but probably more safety from introduced predators.

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