Do you have a household guardian at your place? We do. In fact we have a long history of native birds looking after us … I’ve been meaning to share the story of our current protector with you for a while, so here we go …
This is Pasta. He’s a Grey Butcherbird, which is a relatively common native Australian bird. Pasta was a little ball of feather and fluff when he first came to roost outside our bedroom window one cold winter night. At first we used to complain about him because he’d shuffle around on his metallic perch, keeping us awake well into the night. But once we determined that the creature sleeping outside our window wasn’t a rat, a gremlin, or something equally unpleasant – well, then we grew accustomed to him and looked out for his return.
And return he did. While he didn’t roost with us every night, we’d regularly see him around the garden or perched in one of our trees. We’ve grown to love Pasta and his vigilant protection of our home. It’s comforting to know that he’s never all that far away.
This is Pasta’s child. As a young butcherbird, he is more olive-brown than black and white. He arrived on the scene last week. We’re so happy to know that Pasta is keeping healthy, and that he’s decided to settle down with a family of his own.
This is Pasta and his child. I was lucky to capture a photo of them both perched on the neighbour’s verandah – if you look through the blinds you’ll spy one at either end.
PS. I’m not sure why Pasta is so-named, or why we decided that he is a boy … this is just the way of things … Perhaps you have a Pasta of your own who looks out for you and keeps you safe?