Following on from my last post I am pleased to report that YES, birds do re-use their nests, and we now have 3 eggs in "our" nest. The eggs were laid over the past 4 or so days and now the mother bird is sitting on them. I don't want to take too many photos and scare her away permanently but here is a picture of the eggs, now we just have to wait for them to hatch!
Winter on the West Coast is a pleasant time - cool and clear and generally quite dry. The days warm up and the spring bulbs cheerfully burst into flower. Now a daffodil will normally cheer up the most morbid soul, but on the West Coast the sight is a touch depressing because it means that Spring is here, and on the West Coast Spring means rain. When you live in a place where the rainfall is measured in meters it rains hard and it rains often, and days of thunder and lightning are fairly normal. This year was no exception but while we sit beside the fire or empty the rain gauge yet again, the animals take it all in their stride, even the birds. I know this because a cunning pair of thrushes built a nest right outside our staff room window and through all the weather chaos we have had our own nature documentary to watch.
In early 2012 Penny & Nairn moved from central Wellington to South Westland. Welcome to the record of their adventures.