Behold the Australian White Ibis -
the latest creature to attack the Red Cardinal Garden ...
This week we began to notice the appearance of strange holes in the back garden - dozens of them like these, about 4 inches deep..
Exposed roots and lots of evidence of burrowing under a tree ..
We ruminated on this for a day or so, considered the possibility of a particularly clever scrub turkey, bandicoots, hares or rabbits (unlikely as they are not found here), possums (no, they eat fruit), crows (even they are not that crazy), or maybe aliens.
Then on day 3, I stood looking at the mess, when suddenly with a great flapping of wings a white ibis rose from the garden and flew off down towards our creek. Where, incidentally, there are quite a few of his mates gathered feasting on whatever ibis eat.
The ibis is a wetlands bird, which has migrated to the cities of eastern Australia since the 1970s, as habitat decreases. They have become quite a pest, like to hang around rubbish dumps and anywhere else food can be easily found. Outdoor cafes are a particular favourite.
Maybe I frightened it, because, fingers crossed, the constant digging of long pointy beaks seems to have ceased. For now...
Speaking of birds, I know the fad for bird prints has largely come and gone,
but this was languishing in my fabric stash.
And it was time to stitch it up or forget the whole idea.
Today I decided on Butterick 5804 and cut out the very girly blouse with bow tie at the neck. It just seemed right on a bleak day with chill winds and rain - it will work so well under jackets.
New bed linen - London themed!
Even Mr Cardinal commented on its cheerfulness ...
I remember pointsettias from my childhood.
They always decorated our church on Pentecost Sunday..
These days they are more associated with Christmas, and this one was bought as festive decor last Christmas, then consigned to the garden.
It looks happy.
Have a lovely weekend