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September 18, 2016

Eastern Spinebill on nest

Eastern Spinebill on nest

It’s always nice to feel you’re trusted, and our resident pair of Eastern Spinebills certainly gives us that impression. They have decided to nest in a Sweet Bay bush (Laurus nobilis) just a couple of metres from our house and constantly used garden path. They are so trusting that the sitting bird appears oblivious to being stared at and photographed, as well as ignoring our weeding and pruning right next to the bush.
E. Spinebill nest

E. Spinebill nest

We have even wondered whether birds choose to nest in places close to regular human activity as a deliberate ploy to deter predators such as currawongs, that are wary of humans and never dare venture close to the house.

Sweet Bay

Sweet Bay

A pair of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters took this strategy (if that’s in fact what it is) to extremes last spring when they successfully nested in a native Weeping Baeckea (Baeckea linifolia) whose spindly branches overhang the garden path, and we would brush past within inches of the nest on a daily basis. That intricate and apparently flimsy nest is still there intact twelve months later (see photo below), having survived rain, hail and winds.

Old Yellow-faced Honeyeater nest

Old Yellow-faced Honeyeater nest

We look forward to having a close-up view of the spinebills’ brood.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 18, 2016 10:58 am

    Every year we have wrens nest in our pot plants right adjacent to the door to the house. We also have a blackbird nesting on a rung of my ladder beside the carport and she does not get off the nest whenever we pass by or talk to her. Welcome swallows also nest in the car port and seem not to be overly concerned by our comings and goings. Willy wagger has nested in past years in a tree just 5 meter from our back door. New Holland honey eaters have nested in a bush on the path to the veg garden and never get off the nest when we pass by. I am ever so glad that our birds trust us and I am sure that they nest close by so as to avoid interest from the ravens and magpies.


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