Pied Butcherbird

larger black and white butcherbirds

Cloudy Skies Make Greener Grass

The birds and wildlife have had a wonderful summer this year, inf act the best in over a decade.  New wildgrasses have sprung up covering the hillsides due to the extended rains and are providing plenty of food and shelter this season in contrast to years of dry, burnt summers.   Check out the pics below to see what they have been doing.

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Previous Slide 1/36 NextWillie and Nellie learning to sing against the cloudy skiesWillie and Nellie learning to sing against the cloudy skiesLush green grasses fill the paddocksLush green grasses fill the paddocksThe eagles are a hunting up aboveThe eagles are a hunting up abovewhile Rainbow lorikeets are sortingwhile Rainbow lorikeets are sortingout territorial boundaries belowout territorial boundaries belowThe babblers have moved inThe babblers have moved inhaving negotiated their rightshaving negotiated their rightsThe wallabies are enjoying the rich pickingsThe wallabies are enjoying the rich pickingsalong with Bertie Vicky Mindy and Kennyalong with Bertie Vicky Mindy and KennyBilly's family is happy tooBilly's family is happy tooLarry and Harrie are singing to gloryLarry and Harrie are singing to gloryThe Crested pigeons are thrilled to bootsThe Crested pigeons are thrilled to bootsMaggie's son Monty has found new friendsMaggie's son Monty has found new friendsKenny wants to get up close and personalKenny wants to get up close and personalGabriel Tuks joined the bat creche and returned to the colonyGabriel Tuks joined the bat creche and returned to the colonyCharlie Girl is fully recovered and adores PeteCharlie Girl is fully recovered and adores PeteJack is much happier now he can fly furtherJack is much happier now he can fly furtherWallabies relax in the shade at the Long Grass Wildlife RefugeWallabies relax in the shade at the Long Grass Wildlife RefugeJack adores GabiJack adores GabiWild grasses spring up along the roadsideWild grasses spring up along the roadsidethe whole valley is green - for a few weeks at leastthe whole valley is green - for a few weeks at leastOne eyed Curly the currawongOne eyed Curly the currawongis looking healthy and wellis looking healthy and wellGumnuts are a plentifulGumnuts are a plentifulButterflies delightButterflies delightBilly's brood is growing upBilly's brood is growing upFrieda is all black and white but still as friendly as everFrieda is all black and white but still as friendly as everNoisy miner is planning another clutchNoisy miner is planning another clutch2 eggs in here2 eggs in herewhile the nest is being fortifiedwhile the nest is being fortifiedwild grasses aboundwild grasses aboundfilling the bushy landscapefilling the bushy landscapeto the joy of the birds and animalsto the joy of the birds and animalsThe galahs are keen to show their nestThe galahs are keen to show their nestand pose for the cameraand pose for the cameraThe peewee too wants to be seenThe peewee too wants to be seen

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Pete's Playful Butcherbirds

           spoilt babiesPied-butcherbirds chicks are usually born in early December.  Peter Gregory rescued a pair of chicks and had to work hard to rescue them, but found it was well worth the rewards of his Christmas gift. Here's his story.

 

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We lose two friends

Last week we lost two of our pied butcherbird friends. Gerry started getting sick first, with what looked like the same problem we successfully cures his relative Butch from last year. His eyes crusted up and it became hard for him to see. Unlike Butch though, Gerry wasn't at all interested in getting caught and taken to the vet etc. So we had to feed him antibiotic-soaked bread as the only way to get some medicine in him.

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Strange doings of the butcherbirds

I told you about the conference the pied butcherbirds held on our mulberry tree. Since then, we have not seen Gerry's parents Freddy and Terry. Remember, Gerry is their nine months old bub. Gerry has been holding the main butcherbird territory all by himself every since. Two of the five of the newcomer birds think they have the right to live there with Gerry, and they have had a few arguments about who is allowed to take food where.

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Now It's a Butcherbird Conference!

I went outside this morning to say hello to Gerry, our local pied butcherbird juvenile, only to find that on the mulberry tree were Gerry and four adults. Gerry's family only has two adults.

What's up? The other week the intruder group of pied butcherbirds had made a sortie or two over our place and got Freddy, Terry, and Gerry all stirred up, but this time there didn't seem to be any conflict going on at all.

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