Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year, fresh start

This little person is not only celebrating a new year, he or she is just starting his or her first year. Yesterday, junior made his/her debut, perched on our clothesline taking in the unfamiliar surroundings, wondering what in the hell was going on.

You've left the nest, kiddo, start feeding. Unruly, fluffed-up feathers and a bewildered look; noisy squawking as soon as a parent appears, saying 'feed me, feed me' – still just a kid.

But all the parent does is ignore junior, fly to the nearest flowering grevillea and say to the kid – 'you're on you're own now darling, have a taste of this sweet nectar and instinct will kick in'. These native grevilleas are remarkable plants, in flower virtually year-round. Its main flowering peaks are in late spring and autumn, but here it's midsummer and the flowers are plentiful.

As well as the reddy-orange flowered grevillea, we also have this two-toned 'Peaches & Cream' grevillea in our backyard – a plentiful supply of nectar – and here is either Mr or Mrs Wattlebird tucking into his/her favourite flavour. Always feeding and clucking together as a pair, these two birds have been an item in both our neighbourhood and our backyard for several years, but for some reason this is the first time we have spotted one of their babies with them. Maybe it's the first one to survive, or perhaps we just haven't noticed the big event before (but I doubt that, we're out in the garden all the time).

Whatever the real story I am simply glad to see the new arrival. It marks the new year and the new beginnings such an occasion implies very nicely.

Happy New Year to all baby birds, fellow bloggers, blog-readers, lurkers, gardeners and passers-by.


Chookie said...

Happy Neew Year to you too, Jamie! About to start making a large fruit salad for tonight's party for eight adults and 11 kids. Hoping you have a lovely evening too.

Unknown said...

nice pics - happy new year!

Diana Studer said...

So that is the Australian cousin of our little metallic patched sunbirds.

Jamie said...

Sort of sunbird-ish kind of, except from what I gather via Google your sunbirds are little honeyeaters 10-13cm long, while our wattlebird is three times the size, 33-36cm long. It's one of our largest honeyeaters.

hope chest said...

Happy New Year to you and to your family! It has been like five months since I started following your blog and I am really inspires by it! Thanks.

Anonymous said...


Happy New Year!

lurk :)