I’ve been a little remiss.
Well, quite a lot, but in this instance it is in regard to this years Aussie Backyard Bird Count for National Bird Week in Australia, which finishes tomorrow, the 28th of October.
Mrs PP and the Little Fellas have been doing some of the counts and they get better at it with every year. I have not participated in one yet, so I guess there is still an opportunity tomorrow.
Our bird list for the backyard is gradually growing, though this is after nearly a year of observation from our house and garden, so it varies to a twenty minute count done in October, but is interesting to see what birds pass through the area during different seasons.
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Australian birds are so . . . . Australian. They are so different from North American birds, or birds anywhere else, although some resemble tropical birds of South America. Are there hummingbirds there like those who live here?
No Hummingbirds Tony. Which I found fascinating whilst in California – their size and colours and the way they moved through the air or settled to hover by a flower. Our smallest bird in Oz is the Weebill which is a smidge bigger than your Calliope Hummingbird. I think I have heard the Weebills close by, but up towards the mountain a little more as they really are a bush bird rather than a suburban one here.
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Weebills look like finches.
I know I should not be surprised that Australia lacks hummingbirds, but it does seem odd that so many plants that hummingbirds like are from Australia. So many of the grevilleas seem to be designed specifically for hummingbirds. I suppose they work just as well for moths. Hummingbirds are so common here that the most prominent peak (although not quite the tallest) in the Santa Cruz Mountains is Umunhum, which means ‘resting place of the hummingbirds’.
That is unusual now that you point it out about Australian plants and Hummingbirds. Like there was a gap left in ancient time that never got ‘filled’ by enabling Hummingbirds to make it to the shores of Australia.
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Well, the flowers did not likely plan it that way. I would guess that they planned for moths, and that hummingbirds just happen to know how to get in line behind them.