I’m still here
Contrary to what my regular readers may have thought, I have neither dropped off the planet nor shuffled off this mortal coil.
I’ve been busy.
With my nose in the books.
I’m in the thick of studying for my Master of Arts in Creative Writing course. Plenty of assignments due at the end of term yesterday. We now have a two week mid-semester break. Time to catch my breath – and hopefully catch up on a few birds. And catch up on some reading.
Things have been rather quiet around home recently as far as birds go. The hot weather we had in March seems to have flown. We’ve had some very pleasant days, some very windy days with gale force winds, and we’ve had a light sprinkling of some wet stuff from the atmosphere. I’d hardly call it rain. We are still desperately waiting for the rains to come; things are starting to look rather desperate.
One downside to having much cooler conditions has been the lack of visitors to the garden birdbath. The Pardalotes still come from time to time. The Red Wattlebirds, Common Starlings and House Sparrows are still reasonably regular visitors. And about once a day the resident Willie Wagtail comes for a water-wasting bath; he splashes water in all directions. I tried telling him we are on strict water restrictions, but he just ignores me.
The Willies are a great little COMMON mainland bird which we rarely get in Tassie at all! You get the occasionaly report of a vagrant here or there, but we haven’t seen one (apart from on King Island) in 6 years of living in Tassie.
How do you survive without this wonderful, endearing bird in your garden? It is such an iconic Australian bird it just wouldn’t be the same.
Still – your have plenty of other beautiful birds in your area that almost make up for this deficiency.
I also miss the Willie Wagtails singing on clear, moonlit nights. Such a comforting night-time sound, along with the Boobook Owl. Ahh! Childhood memories!