I’m lucky to have another bird call my garden home.
The Pied Currawong is a large, intelligent and mischievous bird that is very common around here. It is one of the members of a group of birds known as the ‘Carollers’ owing to their amazing melodic birdsong. If you search for ‘Pied Currawong’ on you tube, you’ll hear what I mean! (Edit: I find a recording on the net of the Currawong’s Song)
Unlike the Wattlebird and the Bower Bird, who built meticulous, wonderful constructions in my garden, this one has used the Cupressus sempervirens to build a rather messy nest, but true to form, Currawongs always nest high off the ground.
Incidentally, the Wattlebird had three chicks, all which survived (the nest is now empty, and I see a lot more wattlebirds in the garden than before) and the bower bird was unsuccessful in finding a mate in the allotted time and he abandoned his nest 😦 I’ve left it in place as other males often use left overs from abandoned attempts to build their own bower close by.
Currawongs feast on all sorts of small animals (including other birds): and this one was headed for these little lizards (skinks) trying to warm up on this 10°C/50°F summer morning:
Those little lizards are one of my best pest controls, eating aphids, baby slugs and other small garden-damaging insects, so I am rather protective of them!
So I got the bird’s attention with some left over Christmas lunch from the fridge and placed the shreds of pork on the top of the fence post that cuts my garden in half:
So the unsuspecting lizards live another day and the Currawong has a stash of meat to take back to its nest to feed her young.
Happy Gardening 🙂