Red/brown dirt makes a good nest
Out riding on our Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail is always a fun experience, no matter how many times I do it (which is a LOT).
Last year we noticed some nests in one of the tunnels/under-over passes, which at first glance we thought were related to hornets or wasps. But upon closer inspection there tiny birds flying in and out, they were Fairy Martins.
The Fairy Martin is sometimes called the Bottle Swallow, because its nest, made from tiny pellets of mud or clay, is bottle shaped. The nests are often placed in colonies in in culverts or under bridges, and are only seldom located on natural features such as cliff faces or the banks of watercourses. The entrance to each nest is via the horizontal spout. These mud-nests are occasionally occupied by Tree Martins or Welcome Swallows, and sometimes usurped by House Sparrows and, rarely, Common Starlings.Source
You can see the bottle shape of the nests referred to in the above quote – how amazing are they?
The main point here is the birds are using the local red dirt/mud to make these nests and you can see how they’ve blended the red dirt into other material to give the nest the bottle neck shape.
The dirt around this overpass is a lovely red/brown and although maybe not a classic ruby wine/burgundy-brownish colour (which is Terri’s #SundayStills theme this week), it’s well worth mentioning and sharing. I think these little birds are very artistic to make such clever nests for their babies, making great use of their natural surroundings. It’s also interesting that although there are several of these overpasses along the rail trail, helping out the local farmers, the nests are only to be found in two of them. Last year it was only in one tunnel/overpass but this year we’ve noticed they’ve expanded their estate.
Ruby wine glasses on a rainy day
As I said last week, our family photo challenge has been reinstated to help us stay connected. Due to many issues, some of us still can’t travel to see family members scattered across Australia and over in the UK, so our weekly word gives us a sense of connection. We have a weekly video chat each Sunday night to discuss what’s been happening in our worlds and to talk about the photos we’ve taken and submitted.
Riding my ebike and chatting to people along the way, sharing stories, noticing things and taking photos are all forms of self care to me, so it’s great to join Denyse for her #lifethisweek linkup which has the theme of self care this week 🙂
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