Bird trouble in the garden

Collared Sparrowhawk

Collared Sparrowhawk

I was outside enjoying breakfast and the newspaper this morning when the birds in the bushes in our garden erupted in noise and confusion. The New Holland Honeyeaters suddenly began screeching and smaller birds like the House Sparrows went scurrying for cover. The resident Common Starlings headed off rapidly into the mallee scrub and the Red Wattlebirds were carrying on noisily.

Seconds later a juvenile Collared Sparrowhawk came swooping into the garden and landed in a tree in our back yard. The other birds kept up their noise and harassment until the sparrowhawk reluctantly flew off through the scrub.

After that, life in the garden returned to its former calmness.

And I returned to my paper.

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2 Responses to “Bird trouble in the garden”

  1. Snail says:

    That is a pretty exciting way to start the day! Every morning should be like that.

  2. Trevor says:

    That’s why I love eating outdoors – weather permitting. We’ve had some lovely days lately – autumn in SA can be like that. And we love using our new back veranda as it looks out over the garden and a patch of mallee scrub behind the house. Some mornings the air is full of calls from magpies, ravens, pardalotes, honeyeaters, choughs, parrots, babblers, grey shrike-thrushes and the occasional currawong. Beautiful.

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