The day one bird spied another

To serve as a preface to this post, I feel I should tell you that I do actually achieve more in any given day than just sit at my desk waiting for birds to appear at my window … it’s just that they so often seem to.

Remember ‘Pasta’, my household bird guardian? Well his offspring dropped by for another visit this week (looking a lot more grown up). Despite the filthiness of my dusty window, he looked a little surprised to see a bird perched on my windowsill inside the house … haha, he’s too cute!

Then he turned his beak my way and noticed me watching him … I suspect he was wondering two things … Firstly, why is that white bird allowed inside? And secondly, why don’t you clean your windows more often? Both excellent questions, don’t you think? (Note to self: do not just rely on rainwater to clean the outside of your house) … I hope he doesn’t give his dad Pasta too bad a report.

Have you entertained any pleasant or surprising visitors this week? (or perhaps a little of both)


This post is part of the the ‘Seven Day Blogging Challenge’ being hosted by Andrew. The theme of this challenge was to ‘share a photo I took this week and tell you about it’. All the details of the blogging challenge are here, and you can see who else is taking part here.


  1. Makeminemid-century

    I love butcher birds! We have a lot of them visiting us … they seem to know when it’s lunchtime and they’re getting more brazen each visit. They love cheese.

    I just love them.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi MMMC – I love Butcher Birds too … such delightful creatures! Oh how interesting that they’re fond of cheese … cheeky little devils … now I know just what to give to Pasta when he needs a treat! 😉

  2. Gabrielle

    He’s gorgeous 🙂 We are looking after a friend’s Gouldian finch who can’t fly (he’s called crash – keeps falling of his branch unfortunately).

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – I adore this little family of birds that has adopted us and this house … their visits are always a delight!
      How lovely that you’re looking after a Gouldian FInch (such pretty birds) at the moment … though his lack of flying abilities must frustrate him.

  3. Erika Lee Sears

    I think that bird is looking at you.

    The only strange animals in my house are my rolley polley pugs, who have stopped barking and now make bear noises. 🙂 I think they might be confused what type of animal they are supposed to be.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – I think he’s definitely looking at me … caught out trying to take his picture! 😉

      I love your pugs … how funny that they’ve decided to do away with canine noises and focus on bear noises … I wonder what will be next? Horse noises? 😉 … Perhaps they’re just trying on other animal noises for ‘size’ to see if they like them? Haha!

  4. Andrew


    Love the questions pasta’s offspring had! We also rely on the rain, oops. 🙂

    Another great post.

    All the best


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Andrew – Haha, I know … his expression just seemed to say it all really! 😉

      I’m sure we’re not the only people who rely on rain to keep the outside of the house clean … but I would love to have really clean windows again (makes taking photos through them much easier).

      Thanks, as ever for your visit.
      Take care.

  5. Debby

    I have little green finches that sit on the branches of the cherry tree (currently without either cherries or leaves) in our front garden…..they peep into my little study whilst I’m writing….I’ve tried so many times to take a photograph but they always fly away…..yours are obviously much better behaved!

    I’ve been trying to photograph the grey squirrels with similar results that climb up my next door neignbour’s bird feeder and pinch the peanuts….but the little rascals always get away…….I think I need to reduce the shutter speed……or maybe increase my speed!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – How lovely that you have sweet little finches sitting in the branches of your cherry tree (finches are so lovely). I think the only reason I’m able to take photos of my bird visitors is that they are much bigger than your bird friends … I often find those little birds are much ‘flightier’ and tend to zip around far too quickly (you think they’d consider those of us who are trying to take photos of them!) … 😉

      It’s especially wonderful that you have grey squirrels not too far away … one of my life goals is to see squirrels ‘in person’ … they always look so sweet! Sneaky little squirrels stealing peanuts … haha, they are clearly creative thinkers! I hope you manage to catch one with your camera sooner rather than later! 🙂

  6. Sandrine

    NOw some windows are so awkward to clean around here, I think the rain is the best option! I am sure Pasta little would agree 🙂
    So funny how he is looking at his friend, I wonder what went through his mind 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sandrine – My windows are definitely a bit awkward to get to as well … they’re on the upper level and we have screens in them, so it’s tricky to get to the outside except with a very long ladder, and that sounds like so much effort to me! 😉

      I’ll probably stick with the rain cleaning them for the foreseeable future … or until we get ready to sell! 😉
      Haha, I know – the expression on his face is priceless … I’d love to know what he’s thinking too! 🙂

  7. Brismod

    Love that photo of your bird friend. And I only clean windows when I move out…a waste really.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Brismod – I’m glad you like the photos of my bird friend … they’re probably the animals I take the most pictures of … mainly because I spend so much time at my desk right next to the window! 🙂
      I think I’ll be doing the same as you … only cleaning the windows when I get ready to move … I’m pretty lazy when it comes to external house cleanliness … any excuse to cut corners will do! 😉

  8. gracia

    Such a handsome and inquisitive visitor. Here I have regular turtle doves that entertain me. They sit on the fence and peer in, and I cannot resist their plump round forms.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gracia – He is a very handsome fellow … and just like his charming father bird, he is a very welcome household guest. Turtle doves are lovely birds, apart from their lovely shape which you describe, they always strike me as having rather entertaining personalities! 🙂

  9. Sonia

    I think Pasta’s offspring needs a name. Maybe Peebee or PB (pasta baby).
    How very special you have bird ‘friends’ visiting you.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sonia – I agree, Pasta’s offspring does need a name. I rather like the idea of PB to stand for Pasta Baby. What do you think of calling him ‘noodle’? (in keeping with the pasta theme) … haha! 🙂

      I love my little bird visitors, though I could do without visits from flies, spiders and stick insets (oh, and geckos).

  10. Mel

    What a handsome chappie he is 🙂

    I’m expecting a visitor tomorrow – earlier this week I had a phone call out of the blue from an old school friend I haven’t seen in years. Turns out she’s going to be in my area this weekend so she’s going to call in so we can catch up! Yay!!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – He is a lovely looking bird, and he has the most delightful call as well.
      How wonderful that you had a call from an old school friend … I love those little random occurrences of life. I hope you had a magical time catching up together! 🙂

  11. Narnie

    No visitors, which is a relief as the house is so messy 🙂 British birds look so weedy by comparison!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kiersty – Oh yes, I know what you mean about a messy house (mine is shocking at the moment). Thankfully the only visitors I’ve got dropping by at the moment are of the bird variety … they only judge me for my dirty windows (just imagine what they’d think if they took a proper peek inside?).
      I don’t know much about British birds to be honest, perhaps we just make them bigger in Australia? 😉

  12. Rol

    We were cheering the other day at seeing a squirrel in our (tiny) garden for the first time. He’s come back too – making him a regular visitor. So we gave him a name. Malcolm.

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