Birds who visit

Spotted recently by Mike Norden of Waikawa Beach Road, this matuku moana, white-faced heron:

White faced heron on a fence.
White faced heron on a fence. Photo by Mike Norden and posted with permission.
White faced heron on a fence.
White faced heron on a fence. Photo by Mike Norden and posted with permission.
White faced heron looking upwards.
White faced heron looking upwards. Photo by Mike Norden and posted with permission.

Mike says on Facebook: Enjoying the company of the heron. Very friendly critter.

It visited Daniel Anderson in Walkers Lane too:

White faced heron in a yard.
White faced heron in a yard. Photo by Daniel Anderson and used with permission.

At least a couple of folks in the Strathnaver area have also reported visits by this bird (or perhaps another). Have you seen it at your place?

12 He aha tērā? What is that?

They dart and swoop around with their v-shaped wings and forked tails. They line up on wire fences. At certain times of the year you’ll find their mud nests above an outside light fitting, or high in the garage. He aha tērā? What is that?

Three small birds.
Photo by Stephen Betts. Used with permission.

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Spinifex planting day 25 September 2021

With any luck there won’t be more delays from Covid! The Spinifex planting day is now confirmed for Saturday 25 September 2021. Time to be confirmed, but probably 9 or 10 am. Bring yourselves and some friends.

Past planting days have been all finished within an hour or two.

Don’t worry if you can’t attend the whole time — even a half hour of planting is a great help.

Council will be digging the holes — we just have to put the plants in the ground.

I’ll post again closer to the day with a confirmation of time and some reminders about how best to plant the spinifex (what depth etc).