A friendly Bird.



For two days now this bird has been perching itself around our garden. It keeps staring at me as if looking for an answer. Most living creatures main aim is food. Last week, the same bird was on the garden-shed’s roof while I was trying to fasten some trellises to help grow a Jasmin against it. It wasn’t at all shy. Did it escape from a cage? I never heard of those type of birds inside birdcages. I think that keeping birds in cages is cruel, and always felt that the singing of a canary inside a cage was more the sound of dreadful agony than an expression of joy. Still, don’t some men break out in songs about jails? Johnny Cash and Elvis  spring to mind.

When the same bird arrived for the second time I felt it might just be hungry so went inside and got it some rye bread. Of course, I was assuming it was a bird being brought up its parents to be vegetarian. From the start when seeing this bird I felt it belonged to the Kingfisher variety under which the well known Australian Kookaburra falls. This is of course a much larger bird, well known for its Australian rollicking sound totally synonymous for its fondness of the Australian suburb.


Of course, The Kingfisher family are meat eaters so I should have got the bird some anchovies but not an easy task for they come in small tightly packed glass jar. Are those responsible for the pickling of anchovies afraid they might escape? We assumed the bird was asking for some food and we now have some mince ready for next time.

It was one of the sweetest moment of men and nature. With all the political drama and the imprisonment of a top-notch cardinal on sexual abuse of children, the appearrance of this lovely bird was most welcome.

It does help to restore faith in life, doesn’t it?

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12 Responses to “A friendly Bird.”

  1. freefall852 Says:

    That’s interesting, because we have a pair that look so much like that…the female at least…the male has a black hood…their beak is a tad longer tand heavier then most other birds that size and we felt that ours too were from the Kookaburra family…They come into our patio area for water and for insects…It could be a “Butcher bird” from the kingfisher family…..We call our pair ; “Mr and Mrs Beaky”.

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    • freefall852 Says:

      I remember my mother tellin me this true yarn about the owner of the station and a cocky…..from her time as a servant girl on one of the big stations along the Murray River…I wrote it into a story a fair while ago.. https://freefall852.wordpress.com/2016/08/07/poor-cocky/

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      We had butcher birds diving into our chicken pen when still on the farm, We had the top wired off to prevent foxes from climbing over the fence. Yes, foxes do climb fences. This butcher bird was clever and left the pen through the same hole in the wire netting.
      A café on the coast warned the patrons to protect their plates as a very cheeky Kookaburra would swoop over and take a nice bit of meat from their table.


  2. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    It does! 🙂
    Oh, I love to watch birds! We can learn so much from them! And they add joy to life! 🙂
    Your Friendly-Bird looks alert and talkative! 🙂
    We’ve been having the bunny rabbits visiting again already…they are looking for food and are enjoying eating the leaves off the bottom branches of one of our bushes. They are so sweet! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…My Dad introduced me to Johnny Cash music when I was a little girl…and my oldest sisters introduced me to Elvis music. 🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Milo still remembers the rabbits on our farm. They had warrens everywhere and bred like … ah well…rabbits. They overwhelmed us despite foxes. In Australia the rabbits just about ruined farming and now that there is no bounty on them anymore, science was asked to give a helping hand.
      I like Johnny Cash’s music, and Beethoven.

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  3. shoreacres Says:

    Don’t forget water ~ as important as food. In fact, if I allow my birds’ water dish to go empty, they’ll come and perch on the edge of it and look at me as if to say, “Well, you human slug… when are you going to attend to our needs?”

    I wonder if this might be a youngster. Now and then, I’ll watch parent birds here — especially mourning doves and cardinals — leave their fledglings here on my balcony, while they search for food, and then return to feed them. The swallows do that in the marinas, too. It’s great fun to watch. The babies will line up on a boat’s rigging, and wait. I always know when the parents are on their way with food — such cheeping and chirping you’ve never heard.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Since you mentioned water, I now make sure a dish is out each day, rain or shine.
      I am not sure if this bird is a young one or not but it certainly is sweet.

      The corellas are really outstaying their welcome. The neighbourhood is not happy and now a subject we talk about. It is their noise more than anything. They are just a most capricious bird and are now hanging upside down from overhead wiring, mocking elderly residents, and generally holding the town to ransom.

      Oddly enough, in Europe those birds are worth a fortune.
      Sometimes you hear of travellers getting caught trying to smuggle the corella out of the country in plastic tubes.


  4. Robert Parker Says:

    I don’t know what sort of bird that is, but it’s a cute little guy, no doubt!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, this bird was so curious and the way it cocked its head sideways made me think he was after some information. I bid it a nice day and Helvi offered some food but I think he was more interested in us and what made us tick, perhaps wondering why we did not have feathers and wings! Who knows?

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  5. petspeopleandlife Says:

    Really a cute little fella there. It is always nice to have birds in and about the yard/garden. They are such interesting beings.

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