Spring is in the air

I heard my first cuckoo for the season today. Officially it is the first day of spring here in Australia, so that’s quite appropriate.

This cuckoo was some distance away and I didn’t get to see it. Going on the call alone, it was probably a Fan-tailed Cuckoo, a relatively common species in the Murray Bridge area at this time of the year.

Many other species seem to be quite busy and calling frequently but I’m not sure what is nesting yet. I must take out a little time over the next week or so and wander around having a look in all the trees and bushes around our house. Some of the resident breeding species are very sneaky about where they locate their nests.

Getting back to that cuckoo – I don’t yet have a photo of this species. Instead, I can show you another common local species of cuckoo, the Pallid Cuckoo. (The photo was taken at Round Hill Nature Reserve in NSW.)

Pallid Cuckoo, Round Hill Nature Reserve

Pallid Cuckoo, Round Hill Nature Reserve


2 Responses to “Spring is in the air”

  1. tammy says:

    Hi trevor,
    Spring certainly is in the air! I have a variety of babies that have been blown out of their nests in care with me at the moment. Remember Me I have left comments a couple of times, my name is Tammy & I am a wildlife carer in nsw.
    I wish your blog ( & You) a most enjoyable spring season & a happy birthday!
    At the moment I have several mouths to feed, 5 wattlebirds ( both red & brush) 1 noisy miner, 1 yellow-rumped thornbill nestling from Goulburn ( 4 hours drive away & a rather frustrating story too)
    and 7 lorikeets of which 5 are ready to be released.
    It’s a busy time, but It’s all worthwhile to all of them eventually independent & ready to fly away. We do a soft release which works well.
    See ya,

  2. Trevor says:

    Thanks Tammy. It must be fascinating to be a wildlife carer and handling those birds and animals on a daily basis. I don’t think I’d have the patience, even though I do love birds and animals. You certainly are kept very busy – keep up the good work. The animals desperately need people like you. It must also be very satisfying to see an animal recover and then be able to be released again.

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