Birds of a feather

The last couple of mornings, I have taken the end slices of a loaf of bread out to feed the birds. This morning, a rather chilly morning, I sat in my favourite chair with a lovely breakfast cup of tea. Augie Dog, however had other ideas, and after looking through the glass patio door to the garden beyond turned and barked at me.

Augie’s bark is a rare occurrence, and so when he does bark we normally pay attention. It took me a couple of minutes to realise that Augi wanted to go feed the birds. This is not in particular that he loves birds, it is more that it is one piece of bread for Augie, one piece for the birds!

So out we go, expecting the usual magpies and miner birds, but today we were blessed with a Kingfisher

kingfisher

kingfisher

and a dozen or more Scaly Breasted Lorikeets.

scaly-breasted lorikeet

scaly-breasted lorikeet

Terrible name, but so delicate and pretty. Very noisy though! We always know when they are in our garden, for when the flock, often two or three dozen birds, in our trees, their screeching rises above everything else.

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7 thoughts on “Birds of a feather

  1. I got an ear bending once from someone who felt bread was bad for birds. I’ve since learned it does serve as an “empty filler” and is okay as part of a balanced diet including fats and even bits of protein like bacon scraps (unsalted of course). Unfortunately, where I live, feeding birds only provides a meal for the local moggies.

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    • I do it every couple of months, except when the countryside is really dry when I do it a bit more often. I understand the argument. but as we are in the country they have plenty
      natural” food on offer as well.

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  2. i know there’s at least 1 kingfisher in Long Beach – at the marina. we don’t have lorikeets but we have a huge flock of wild parrots. i used to hear them a lot when i lived on the other side of town, near their nesting palms, but it’s rare to here them here (2.5 miles inland)

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