May has certainly flown by. There has been much to do as the season marches on. So far this month there has been a change in the weather, from warm to cool to some cold nights. The rain came with a huge deluge bringing about some minor flooding around the place. The Autumn seems to herald new birds and a change in the guard of who owns what tree or bush. Soon the cold weather in the mountains will send the Currawongs down to my place and also the Satin Bowerbirds will arrive to chatter among the branches, building bowers, decorating with all sorts of bits of blue and to dance for their females.
The change in the colour of the leaves always lets us know that the cooler weather is on its way.
I drove over to Newbold Crossing to see how much the Clarence River had risen. This is what around 130,000 megalitres looks like at 6 meters. The next day the river had risen to 10.4 meters!!
Some paddocks had water on them for days after but the ducks didn’t seem to mind.
In some parts of the valley it was standing room only. Every fence post was occupied.
One morning I saw a hornet buzzing around the garden and just land on the leaf and walk about for a bit. I wondered what it was doing.
Then it went around the leaf.
It was then I found out what it was doing…just getting a drink!
The dragonfly was rather shy.
I am going to have to rename my bird bath by the looks of it. Even butterflies like to get a drink every now and then.
There has been some flowers showing their colours this May as well. I found this flower growing on the side of the road.
Whereas this little flower, a murrdannia-graminea, was growing in the bush at my place
While on the road to Newbold Crossing to see how high the water had risen in the Clarence, I came across all these little birds, Black-fronted Plovers, running along the road and then flying off only to land on the road behind my car. They were so fast I couldn’t get a good photo. Plus it was late in the afternoon.
The branches had many birds coming to find their last snacks for the day or find a roost for the night. The Crested Pigeon just flew in and sat.
The magpies were having a great time swooping around chasing each other and then stopping to survey the scene before whizzing off again.
In the garden, the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have taken ownership of the Honey Gem.
They do have to share at times with the Brown Honeyeaters.
The Bottlebrush around the back is also a favourite spot.
And make a show of fancy eating techniques.
The Eastern Spinebills have also set up home in the garden this Autumn.
They too don’t mind how they get a snack
The Golden Whistlers have introduced new sounds into the garden.
They also add a splash of colour to the garden.
But best of all was the sighting of a new bird into the garden. Another flash of yellow was the give-a-way as the Yellow-tufted Honeyeater dropped into the Honey Gem for a quick snack before going on its way again.
That’s a good start for May but there has been lots more going on. Hope you can stop by for the next “installment” of May.