Rare Visitors

Common Waxbills 1

Common Waxbills 1

Look what I found in my garden the other day!

In all the years I’ve lived here I have never seen this little bird before.

Common Waxbills 2

Common Waxbills 2

I identified them from my excellent bird book; Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa, as the Common Waxbill. I don’t know about common, but it certainly isn’t common in my garden! I would have thought perhaps in a bird sanctuary in the wetlands or vlei.

They have that distinctive red beak and eye stripe and are quite tiny.

Common Waxbills 3

Common Waxbills 3

From the photo above, I think the bird on the left was a fledgling and the bird on the right was a parent, keeping a watchful eye out for danger as he encouraged the youngster to feed.

Common Waxbills 4

Common Waxbills 4

They seemed to be eating the grass seeds along the poolside. Β The photo above is fairly blurred, but you can just make out the fledgling pulling at some grass.

Common Waxbills 5

Common Waxbills 5

And this last photo shows how far away they were (and why the photos are fuzzy!). I was standing way back inside the house, with Little Monkey in front of me. Any attempt on my behalf to move forward for a better shot would have resulted in LM springing into action and dashing straight at the little birds, in her mind chasing away the “intruders”!

But it just goes to show, that weeding your garden is not always the best thing to do, because if I had done so, then these little guys would never have popped by for a visit.

And my life would have been the poorer for it!

 

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36 thoughts on “Rare Visitors

  1. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy

    Rare and brave visitors, what with LM so close (even if inside). I always wonder at the birds who come to our feeders despite the cat sitting behind glass and watching them. I would suggest they understand the concept of glass, but the moment I show up on the inside of the glass, they all scatter.

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  2. Laura

    The birds are migrating now in my area and once in a while we see an unusual bird. It is so exciting. I love your little visitors.

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  3. Midwestern Plant Girl

    They are adorable little birds! Sometimes we are just blessed when these lil visitors stop by.
    The tupelo I planted had cedar wax wings in it the other day. I’ve only seen one once before. They like berries and don’t feed from feeders. So, by planting the berry tree, they are now visiting me.
    So.
    Just like you said, basically. ..
    Don’t pull your weeds, and they will come πŸ˜‰

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