LOVELY VISITORS FLY DOWN FOR THE SUMMER
Every year in October rainbow bee-eaters returns to Perth after winter in the north. They are a striking and colourful bird, resembling a small kingfisher, and are a joy to watch as they swoop and dive to catch insects in flight. We are fortunate to have these visitors in Belmont. They can be seen in Signal Hill, early mornings are best. If you see a small hole in your verge or garden, usually in a sandy soil, take care not to fill it in, as it is maybe a rainbow bee-eater’s nest. Both the male and the female select a site and dig a long tunnel that leads to a nesting chamber lined with grass. Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the young. If you are fortunate, you will see the youngsters flying with their family later on in summer before heading north with the flock in winter.