Along the beach front, in the foliage on the sand dunes, a delightful family of Fairy Wrens live. As I walk along I hear their excited twittering and see them flitting from branch to branch.I hoped to entice them down to our garden by planting native trees and shrubs, some dense foliage for them to hide in. But, sadly, it is unlikely to happen as there is no corridor of shrubs the one kilometre from the beach to our garden. People do not have gardens now-a–days. This is the landscape. Lots of lawn…Or high walls and the section covered in the house…The beach is behind the hi-rise buildings. A family of tiny wrens could never fly that far…
A few months ago this was a perfectly livable house, it actually had a garden. Now it is gone…
This morning I took these photos. I think this is going to be the biggest house along the street. Notice it is built almost touching the boundary fences on both sides.And also right to the back fence. But, oh my, do I see a square metre of ground not built on! I am very cynical about these huge houses. Lifestyles have certainly changed. No back yard any more for children to play in, no area for a garden. No wonder bird life is in decline.
But that is not the only problem for small and native birds around here.
We used to have a number of different Rosella species, Rainbow Lorikeets and Corellas.
They would visit the seed trays. I even managed to capture them on a video. This was taken in 2007.
They came over from the nature park not far away. They no longer come because the aggressive, bullying Noisy Miners have taken over.So times change, it is inevitable. We have lived here 20 years and seen it change from a beach-side suburb to a trendy, up-market area. But we love it here and it is very unlikely we will move for a while yet. And I guess if and when we do the house and garden will be bulldozed over in the name of “progress”.