I love watching the Fairy-wrens in our garden and hearing their call. They’re such tiny little birds and move ever so quickly. Their official name is Superb Fairy-Wren. The males, when in breeding colours, are a beautiful blue and black and the females are brown with a red ring around their eyes. The young are speckled in colour till they grow older. They are insect eaters and hang around low lying bushes.
We were devastated, when just a few short years ago, the neighbour’s family came and ‘cleared the land’ preparing for her home sale. In doing that they destroyed habitat for the Fairy-wrens and also the local Satin Bowerbirds, and probably lots of other birds too. So sad – wish we’d known what was planned before it happened and we could have said something. However, it wasn’t long after that we joined the Gardens 4 Wildlife Program in our area, and our former sheep paddock was turned into a large garden, with lots of pathways, a couple of creek beds and a billabong.
I’m so thrilled to say the Fairy-wrens are back – this time on our property and hopefully this is where they’ll stay. We did hear them last winter but didn’t see them much, this year they’re very present both visually and audibly.
Click here to listen to their gorgeous sound.