The window-cleaning bird

Our house windows are broken into sections by wooden frames, so local birds don’t get the urge to fly into them, mistaking the reflection of trees for the real thing.

I admit to being slap-dash about house cleaning, and especially window cleaning. Such interesting things happen among the cobwebs – moths, insects and spiders, for instance.

On this lovely spring, a couple of noisy miners (Manorina melanocephala) have decided to do me a favour and flutter at the windows, cleaning up the cobwebs. Their bills are completely covered with the soft white web. Thanks, girls, very kind of you!

Noisy miner taking a break from cleaning windows

Realistically, they are probably lining their nests with the webs. Breeding in colonies, the females construct the nest and both sexes feed and care for the young. They’ll breed several times in a good season.

These birds commonly pick at my thyme and marjoram plants, taking away snippets. I wonder if these pungent herbs repel mites in the nest.

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2 Responses to The window-cleaning bird

  1. Aha. A reminder that even though fall’s rushing in here on the west coast of the US, it’s happily spring elsewhere. This will be a bright spot for me to stop in at for the next several months!

    • Joy Window says:

      Thanks, Patricia. One of these days I must experience a full-on northern hemisphere winter. I’ve seen snow only once, and I had to make a special trip to the Australian Alps (such as they are) for that.

      Andrew’s aunt lives in Oslo, and she and her partner flee every northern winter to the Canary Islands for 4 months. Wonder if I can house-sit for her?

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