9 comments on “Backyard Bird Babies – How a Bird Does Family

  1. Hello Ash,
    As always it’s a real treat to start the weekend with Australian birds. I love the “hairdo” of the Crested Pigeon, and what special meaning it has for you and your wife! The insight you provided on what goes on the scenes when choosing a spot to make a nest and raise chicks is a good reminder for us humans too.
    Wishing you and all your family a safe and blessed weekend.

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    • Thanks Takami, I checked this morning and the nest was empty, they youngsters have fledged and gone on their first flight somewhere. I was concerned when a coalition of about 12 Miners came attacking them a few days ago and I had to use the hose jet to get them to leave. I do hope they continue to live in our back yard. We have two species of pigeons with crests and people often confuse the names Top-notch and Crested Pigeons, as most people have never seen the very recluse Top-notch rainforest pigeon. The American internet wrongly reports the name of the Crested Pigeon as they are not aware of the other, and many Aussies who are not birders get it wrong. I am glad you enjoyed the post. We continue to pray for you both. May you stay safe also, this second wave has caused some concern to us and may impinge on our holiday next month.

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      • Thank you Ash. I am glad the young ones seem to have fledged successfully. And thank you for protecting them from the bullies. I too, hope they will come back. I also appreciate the clarification on the differences between the Top-notch and Crested Pigeons!

        Many thanks for your prayers, they are much appreciated, and make a huge positive difference. We do the same for you and Mrs. H too.

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      • Thanks so much Takami for your kind remarks and prayers. I was pleased to find the young pigeons sitting silently together in the tree this morning sleeping. I later heard the mother’s hoot. They continue to remain seep in the tree at the top near the nest so their is no chance of better photos yet. Have a wonderful and refreshing weekend my friend 🙂

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  2. The crested pigeon is such a pretty bird and I love hearing their quiet cooing. I have heard the whistling sound they make when they take flight and am wondering if they are unique in that respect?

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  3. Gotta love Cresties, we used to raise them from very young, and they would stay for a few months and then one day, they would leave, and we’d never see them again. (as it should be). Their gentle ‘whoo, whoo’, still makes me smile.
    Interesting action today, and that you should include magpies and Rainbow loris.
    I walked around a corner on the way to the shops. (I’m allowed out to do essential shopping once per day) and I came across a great commotion, seems that about 6-8, maybe more Rainbows had attacked a Magpie, (female) on the ground. Maggie was getting a hammering from several of them at a time, and couldn’t get itself up on its legs. As I approached the Loris reteated to the trees and heaped abuse on me and the hepless magpie. She eventually gathered composure and flew into a nearby tree to be verbally assaulted by the pack of loris who ffollowed to the same tree.
    Amazing, something I don’t think I’d have ever considered happening. Pity I had no camera.
    Territory is indeed position, position, position.

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    • Thanks David, what you witness with the Magie confirms what I had been told about why other aggressive birds seldom attack the Lories. They say their bite is very painful die to their sharp beak edges. They appear to be one bird that seldom is tormented by Noisy Miners, at least from my observations, as both share the same Bottlebrush tree. The female Maggies do appear to be timid in my observations, but the alpha male stands his ground and is quite aggressive, even to his wife and child at times. The other birds usually flee when he appears, except one very bold Miner, who I have become antiquated with who frequents my birdbaths throughout the day, and trusts me to walk closely bye. He even comes and sits a foot away sometimes as if he wants something, when I sit in the courtyard. Sad that the female had that experience, they are usually defended by the males, as this winter period is the rare time that we see them on their own away from nesting duties. I had to fend off about 12 Noisy Miner from attacking our Crestie family a few days ago. It was a very noisy and aggressive coalition of the local bullies. My wife said “And we provide water and bathing facilities for these birds ?! and this is what they do to our neighbours.” I put the hose on them and they finally dispersed. I wish I had my camera also to see ten Miners on one branch angrily verbally assaulting these very peaceful residents, who were minding their own business and no threat to them. This just confirms Miners take ownership of areas very seriously, as the Bottlebrush has just started budding, and our 50 year old tree provides food for most nectar and flower eaters in the area when flowering. Yes, it does not appear that Rainbows are aggressive, but what you witnessed confirms what I have read. I will be on extra alert to see if it happens in our tree. Thankfully the pair have fledged and go away for the day and return in the afternoon. The last few days has been a challenge though with this wild wet and very windy weather. We both rushed out to see if they were OK this am and they were sitting close to the nest. At least the wild weather might keep some of the wild rebels the ‘stupids’ from going out to infect the populous. Hope the next few weeks are not too boring for you David, and you get to get out somehow, it must be difficult. Praying you both stay safe, and enjoy the week as best you can. People here are finding it difficult to trust which parts of Sydney are safe or to avoid, as it is all around us, so I stay home, and choose when to shop, but my wife is in the front line and has to wear a mask and wash her hands all day, which is no fun

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