Each year, around this time, the musical calls of Spotted Pardalotes fill the airwaves throughout the gardens of Newstead.
Spotted Pardalotes typically nest in the earth, in a narrow horizontal tunnel that terminates in an egg-laying chamber. Sometimes a new nest is created … or an existing site may be refurbished.
Sunshine and warmer weather are the signal for pardalotes to get busy, as demonstrated by a brief encounter I had with three birds at the weekend. Two males and a female were chasing each other, fluttering in the air space above a prospective nest site – a small pile of builders sand … a favoured location that has been used in past years.
One of the males was eventually chased off, the ‘winner’ then proceeded to display at the entrance of a partially excavated tunnel, whereupon the female arrived to show her appreciation.