Satin Bower­bird

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Gardening - By Pe­ter Ord

It’s Au­tumn and the seeds have set on my Mag­no­lia tree, the word is out in the Bower Bird com­mu­nity – the an­nual feast is on, at­tract­ing up to ten birds at one sit­ting. By nur­tur­ing this tree, I have in­ad­ver­tently sent out in­vi­ta­tions to dine, there­fore I would like to know which Bower Bird com­mu­nity has ac­cepted. As you may be aware, the male Bower Bird prefers blue ob­jects to at­tract the fe­male to the bower, where he will dance to at­tract her hop­ing for a lit­tle ro­mance.

To find out which birds have kindly ac­cepted my in­vi­ta­tion (or maybe they are vis­it­ing your prop­erty look­ing for a feast), I would like to ask the com­mu­nity, if aware of Bower Birds in or around their prop­erty, to do the fol­low­ing: Af­ter mark­ing with a per­ma­nent marker, stat­ing your street name or if you pre­fer a phone num­ber, could you scat­ter some blue plas­tic milk bot­tle tops and their rings – (cut the rings to avoid stran­gu­la­tion) straws, sec­tions of pegs etc near your feast tree. As very lit­tle is known of their ter­ri­tory within the district, your in­put will help us all un­der­stand these beau­ti­ful birds.

If you find blue plas­tic marked Pi­nus Ave., would you con­tact me on [email protected] Pe­ter Ord –

0417 047 757

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