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Broome’s Poinciana bushes – 10,000 Birds


    Poinciana bushes usually are not native to Australia, however they develop very nicely within the north and are sometimes present in native parks. Most individuals are accustomed to their vibrant crimson colors and their lengthy seed pods, however what’s value noting is that birds like them too! There are a number of Poinciana bushes in Cygnet Park in Broome and the close by roundabouts and avenue verges. We’re nonetheless ready for rain and the Poinciana bushes provide substantial shade. Additionally they provide a superb alternative for birds to nest. The nest within the header picture in a Poinciana tree belongs to a Little Friarbird and so they have been breeding just lately and there are numerous juvenile birds about.

    The Magpie-larks have additionally been breeding just lately and likewise utilizing the Poinciana bushes for nesting. They construct their nests out of mud. There’s not mud usually until it rains, however these nests are additionally resilient to moist climate and final for a while within the Poinciana bushes. Magpie-larks gather “mud” from our backyard the place the water we offer for the birds overflows.

    Magpie-lark nest

    They haven’t been in a position to water the grass and vegetation at Cygnet Park in latest weeks because of the water tank being changed. This has despatched among the native bushes into stress and they’re flowering, which can also be attracting birds. The Hakea macrocarpa is flowering once more and so is the pink flowering gum.

    Hakea macrocarpa flower

    Pink flowering gum

    Because the Poinciana bushes misplaced their leaves we all of the sudden “misplaced” our household of Tawny Frogmouths. Nonetheless, we knew they weren’t distant and we imagine we could have discovered their nest in a close-by Poinciana tree now it has additionally misplaced its leaves. They’d been there at evening, as a result of we discovered feathers within the morning.

    Tawny Frogmouth nest and feather

    As you may see, the grass is getting very dry and crispy while we look forward to rain or the water tank to get replaced, so the reticulation can begin up once more. The small roundabouts within the streets round Cygnet Park are on a distinct watering system, so we went to verify the Poinciana tree in the midst of a close-by roundabout. No shock actually, however we discovered the Tawny Frogmouths! They’d discovered one other Poinciana tree that also had leaves and so they have been nonetheless near the streetlights that supply bugs at evening! We have been more than happy to seek out the Tawny Frogmouth household had not relocated too far!

    Tawny Frogmouths in the midst of a roundabout

    We’ve additionally found this week that the Tawny Frogmouth breeding season is way from over with one other nest in one other Poinciana tree near Brolga Park. This Tawny Frogmouth nest is even greater, but in addition near streetlights that entice bugs to feed on at evening.

    Tawny Frogmouth nest

    One different very giant Poinciana tree in Cygnet Park has provided a shock this week. There are presently three very hungry and really vocal juvenile Brown Goshawks that roost in it. It appears their requires meals are relentless! Their dad and mom actually do have loads of searching to do, however having received them to this stage of improvement they have to be doing one thing proper! They’re all the time collectively in the identical tree, however by no means too shut to one another. Listed here are a number of of the poses from the three birds over the past couple of days.

    Juvenile Brown Goshawks

    It is rather clear that regardless of the Poinciana tree not being a local tree in Broome it has advantages to our native birdlife. In fact it’s all the time good to face below a shady tree presently of yr when the warmth and humidity are difficult! Possibly we are going to get rain for a Christmas reward from nature!