This post is for World Bird Wednesday.
Over the last few days I have been hearing the sounds of young birds in the trees at the back of my yard. When I went out to investigate the other afternoon I found two young Pied Butcherbirds (Cracticus nigrogularis) sitting up in the tree. The adult bird flew off as I appeared but the two youngsters sat and watched me with what appeared to be great interest.
(Butcherbirds catch and eat anything smaller and slower than themselves and often hang it up on a small branch and eat it held in this position.)
After watching me silently for some time one of the young birds began to sing a few rather tentative notes of the adults' song. A young Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis) did not like these two young birds so close to territory that it claimed for itself and came down into the same tree and gradually hopped closer.
(Blue-faced Honeyeaters can be most aggressive. They usually act as a group/pack and swoop and attack in a massed group! They have my cat completely terrified and she flees immediately they find her by herself in the yard. When they try these same tactics on the dog, however, she takes it as permission to attack the attacker! It ends up with the birds sitting out of reach and scolding while the poor dog dances around underneath!)
This bird was a young one as the two patches over its eyes were still a greenish color rather than the bright blue of the adult. It hopped down the tree. It peered down from the branch above and clicked its beak aggressively. It eventually even perched on the same branch. The Butcherbird ignored it, and, without the group to help it, the Honeyeater eventually gave up and flew off.