Spring has brought many visitors to the Red Cardinal Garden of Neglect:
Here is Bob, surveying 'his' domain, while enjoying our red Bottle-brush tree,
and keeping an eye on this unusual visitor, a Little Corella.
While commonly seen in our area, they rarely visit our bird feeders.
A sub-species of white cockatoo, they are mostly white, with a blue eye-ring and a pale rose-pink patch between the eye and bill. This makes their eyes look huge, and slightly menacing.
A few days ago, we had another new arrival...
A young Bush stone-curlew has been visiting a bushy corner of our garden.
I have heard their cries at night from the bush for years, but never seen them here among the houses.
A ground-dwelling, mainly nocturnal bird, Bush stone-curlews tend to stand very quietly during the day with their large eyes half-closed, unless they are disturbed.
They are mainly known for their ghostly, eerie, wailing at night. To the unfamiliar, it sounds like a distressed baby or a crime in the neighbourhood!
These days I find it can be quite soothing when going to sleep..
I wonder how long it will stay...
The list goes on...
A few weeks ago, despite all our usual precautions and careful closing of screen doors, I was stunned to encounter one of these in our walk-in wardrobe:
|Google image. I was too shocked to take my own photo.|
Yes, a blue-tongue lizard, about 18 inches long, on its way to the bathroom for a drink. It scuttled back under our hanging clothes. I screamed for help.
Mr. Red Cardinal came to the rescue and took it back outside to the garden.
It must have come into the garage when the door was open for a longer than usual period, and at some time the door between the garage and house has also been left open. We had been out, so the place was quiet. The blue-tongue lizards move quite slowly, and it had a long walk down the hall, and around a few corners, to where I encountered it.
They are not dangerous, but the concern is that if it got in, so could a snake.
Attention to closed doors is now a priority in this house...
Apparently we have not had enough excitement, because today I went out the back door, and encountered a loud buzzing sound, and hundred of bees swarming around a corner of the house. They were going into weep holes in the bricks.In an odd coincidence, just last week we bought a couple of these rustic Bee wall hooks, inspired mainly by the cute way our twin grandsons call all bugs and insects 'Bees'.
I hope you have a great weekend.
We are just hoping for a little less excitement and a bit of sunshine.