Posted 10 months ago
While working in the garden today, I discovered a bower bird's nest. I'd seen the birds around for a while, in fact all the time I've been living here since late 2018, but only now have they decided to create a nest. Bower birds build nests on the ground from twigs & leaf litter, then "decorate" with blue found objects - note the plastic clothes peg. I was pretty thrilled to find this. Especially since in Australia, "bower bird" is a slang term for a collector, as that's what these birds are famous for...if I can get a photo including the birds themselves, I will post an update. The nest has only just been started, so it will probably get bigger & accumulate more blue items. We are going to leave a few bits around that they might take a fancy to, just to help with their homemaking efforts...
Later in the day, we went for a drive. We'd packed a picnic lunch but all the picnic areas are closed, even if there are extremely isolated...not like we'd be sitting near anyone anyway! :-) So just as well we had our own folding table & chairs, as we set up in a secluded area just off the road.
Afterwards, we drove up to see how the bushland is recovering after the fires of summer 2019 - 2020. These trees are burnt black, but new growth is sprouting despite the desolation.