In the past I've kind of dreaded late September, into October as the butcher birds who've nested in the big tree at the front of our place have 'terrorised' me by swooping very close to my head whenever I've taken a wander outside the door. Being away out from home for the last 6 weeks has meant I've missed that dreaded swooping business that seems to last for ages - at least until the babies 'fly the coop'!
I love this time of the year - so many lovely birds in our back yard including the family of Noisy Miners who come daily now for their feed of bread. Since I've been away though, my two favourite little green parrots have disappeared so I'll be keeping watch for them in case they arrive back. They could be nesting and staying close to 'home'. A couple of rainbow lorikeets must have stuck around as they appear each morning quite early waiting for their handout.
No doubt the amount of rain that Sydney has had over these past few months has meant that lots of flowering natives have an abundance of blooms at present and the local birds just love it. In that respect, I'm pleased they are not needing to call in to my back door for a top up. It is much nicer that they are feeding as nature intended.