Despite the wintry days many of our birds are already planning their nuptials.
Every day there are heavy bookings for all four birdbaths as males smarten themselves up for the day’s courting ceremonies.
A lovesick magpie has been continuously serenading his lady love every night for the past week.
Ravens, after many ‘recce’ flights, have located the highest marri tree in the vicinity and construction of their mansion is well underway. There are many anxious, upward glances from nearby residents who hope they have successfully camouflaged their humble dwellings and can protect their own offspring from these callous devils.
Large numbers of wattlebirds have returned, as they do every year, to this favoured breeding ground. The territorial New Holland honeyeaters do not hesitate to take on these bigger fellows if they come too close.
Mrs Scrub wren eventually abandoned her half-finished home in a hanging basket. She decided the volume of traffic to the alfresco dining areas would be too disturbing for family life.
Three blue wrens, who have been dining out in the vegie gardens for weeks, are now reduced to two. One lady grew tired of waiting for the lad to don his wedding finery and sought love elsewhere. The patience of the other lass is being rewarded as, daily, more blue feathers appear in his ensemble.
Ringneck parrots have closely examined the old dead tree for suitable hollows as they did last year but, once again, it has not made the short list of desirable residences.
Doves have picked a good spot in the old chook shed which is just as well. Their rather careless arrangements of a few twigs often result in calamities when exposed to strong winds.
Mudlarks have painstakingly constructed their pottery show home high in a marri tree. Each beakful of mud has travelled a huge distance from the creek. The building, hatching, feeding and training is equally shared by this ideal pair of parents.
Another year and another opportunity for nature to display these marvels for us to enjoy.