First birds for 2010

I was a little slow off the mark this morning. And it wasn’t because of overindulgent¬† celebrations the night before.

These days I’m just happy to see in a new morning when I wake; seeing in a New Year means staying up to some ridiculous hour of the night!

I managed to emerge from the cocoon of sleep eventually. I showered, shaved and prepared to have breakfast. As I was getting the daily newspaper from the driveway I realised that it was indeed a New Year.

Mmmm… what was the first bird I saw this morning? Nothing sprang to mind.

My musing was rudely interrupted by a great kerfuffle in the orchard. Aha – my first birds for 2010 were four Australian Magpies and 14 White-winged Choughs having a right royal barney under a pear tree. (Despite the recently departed Christmas season there was NOT a partridge in the pear tree, but we did see two turtledoves later in the morning.)

The resident magpies were objecting quite vociferously to the Gang of Fourteen (the White-winged Choughs) feeding on THEIR PATCH. The racket thoroughly disturbed the peacefulness of this lovely new year.

After a few minutes of conflict in Bird World War, the choughs flew off in a huff.

Peace on Earth and goodwill between birds.


White-winged Choughs

White-winged Choughs

Australian Magpie

Australian Magpie


2 Responses to “First birds for 2010”

  1. Rebecca says:

    Hi Trevor, I’ve decided Im going to finally start keeping up with your blog, have just subscribed to RSS.

    Great way to start the new year for you. The first bird i at least heard this year were corellas.. up at 1am probably scared to death of the local fireworks!

    Had the pleasure of visiting Tassie recently and seeing their variation of the magpie – my favourite backyard bird.

  2. Trevor says:

    Thanks for your comments Rebecca. I enjoy sharing my sightings with my many readers from all over the world (about 120 countries). Happy birding.

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