Two of the trees we can see from the house have hollows in the trunk – just about right for nesting birds.
Over this first week of Spring, I’ve noticed a flurry of activity as pairs of birds try to find the perfect nest. It reminds me of house hunting. The birds will land close to the opening of the hollow, peer in, if it passes that test, one of them will climb into the hollow and look out. Often their partner will be close by, watching every little movement. The bird inside the hollow will come out again, and this is followed by a lot of excited fluttering around and chattering. Then the whole act is repeated with the second bird going inside the hollow to inspect it.
Sometimes the same pair of birds will repeat the process two or three days in a row, only to reject the hollow in the end, as this pair of Kookaburras did.
Hopefully the work done by the Kookaburras to excavate the hollow will make it large enough for these Crimson Rosella’s to move in. Today is the third day in a row I’ve observed this pair in and around the potential nesting site.
Last year, several pairs of birds investigated this hollow and ended up rejecting it, so I have my fingers and toes crossed that the Crimson Rosella’s will choose it this year.
A nearby tree has a more convenient landing spot, with a branch just outside the opening to the hollow. A pair of Galahs have been nesting here for a few years, and it looks like they will do so again this year, although I have only sighted them in the nest a couple of times.
At the moment, I don’t think any of these birds are actually nesting, but they are obviously preparing to nest. Hopefully, these two trees will pass muster. It would be wonderful to know that we have two parrot families we can observe from the house, especially now that the kangaroos seem to have moved on.
2 thoughts on “Birds in Spring: Nest Hunting”
This birder is in awe that you have kookaburras, crimson rosellas and galahs in your yard. Thank you!
Yes, it is pretty special. I feel like I have my own personal aviary! From my computer chair I can see the dam, so I also get to watch the water birds from the house. Today we had a Pacific Black Duck, a Pied Cormorant, and a pair of Spur Winged Plovers out there. Each day is different though… I’m always watching to see what turns up! I think we would have more species close to the house except that the Magpies are so territorial. They chase a lot of more timid birds away.
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