A bird and his child

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 …Β Perhaps you have a Pasta of your own who looks out for you and keeps you safe?


  1. Erika Lee Sears

    Pasta? Why Pasta is it because everyone loves Pasta πŸ™‚

    He is adorable- perfect addition to your family.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – Haha, I have literally NO idea where we got the name ‘Pasta’ from … perhaps you’re right – it’s just because everyone loves that dish! πŸ™‚

      He is an adorable bird – and it’s lovely to see his own bird family growing too.

  2. Sonia

    What a lovely little tale. Pasta is a beauty. We have been in our house for a year now, and with it we inherited a family of four rainbow lorikeets. The dear old couple that lived here previously used to feed the birds daily, and prior to settlement we had to come over to learn about them, how and when to feeed them, where to buy the seed. They are now a part of our family. Their names are ‘our friends’. The kids say “look our friends are here, can I feed them?” and it’s a lovely thing.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sonia – I’m glad you like Pasta too … he’s a lovely bird and I’m so happy he’s decided to grow up with our house.

      Lucky you, inheriting a family of rainbow lorikeets – they’re such lovely birds (even though they can be a little loud at times). How wonderful that the couple who used to live in your house fed the birds each day … that’s such a sweet story how you had to have a ‘handover’ to find out about the birds.

      I love how you call them ‘our friends’ … hearing the kids call them that must be adorable!! πŸ˜€

  3. Gabrielle Bryden

    That’s so sweet – they have such a wonderful song, the Butcher Bird. I love birds and think they are a good omen.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – I agree, Butcher Birds have a wonderful call … it’s one of my all-time favourite bird songs (though I am particularly partial to the songs of Magpies too).

      I think birds are a good omen too – I know they’ve certainly featured in a lot of our homes (our first encounter was with a King Parrot in Canberra … they’re lovely birds too).

  4. Rol

    That’s so cool. We’re devoted birdwatchers in our little garden ourselves (we’ve been spending a fortune feeding them through the icy winter). Sadly no butcher birds in our part of the world, though we do have regular blue and great tits, blackbirds, sparrows, robins, occasional starlings and finch. Oh, and the jackdaws which are a little too big for the feeding perch, but try their best anyway.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Rol – I think I could spend hours watching birds in the yard … I have a window right near my desk at home, and that’s deliberate – I need to be able to daydream time away by staring at the natural world outside … birds are a favourite watching pastime.

      How lovely that you feed the birds that visit your garden (I bet they appreciate that during the icy winter months). It sounds like you have a lovely range of birds that visit you – I have such a soft spot for sparrows and robins in particular. I haven’t encountered jackdaws before, but I’m going to do some googling so I can get the mental image right! πŸ™‚

  5. Mel

    What a cutie! We don’t have any regular visitors like this, but my Mum has a whole flock of regulars – pigeons, blackbirds, starlings, doves, squirrels….

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – He is a cute bird (the perfect size for perching outside our window). It sounds like your mum has lots of ‘wild’ visitors … I love bird encounters, but I certainly wouldn’t say no to a squirrel dropping by either! πŸ˜‰

  6. Andrew

    I love blog posts like this one, plus I’ve never seen this species of bird before. Cheers for sharing. I also like your new blog template changes.

    All the best

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Andrew – I’m glad you liked my little story about Pasta … he’s a rather lovely little bird (if I do say so myself).

      I’m so happy you like the blog changes – I’m really loving my new virtual world too! πŸ™‚

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