A journal of my favourite pastimes gardening, farming and sewing.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Sweet things on a misty morning

After a hot couple of days, this morning is cool, misty and humid.  Perfect for picking sweet peas for the house.

Summer flowers don't last long in the hot weather, so it is a treat to smell the lovely fragrance while it is cooler.

This variety of sweet pea is "Painted Lady".  I do like the various shades of pink.

I have just received my latest batch of seeds which include "Spencers Choice Mix" - a more colourful mix.  Looking forward to having these in the garden soon.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Tawny Frogmouth Owl

This little fellow has been visiting with us for a while now.  He sits on his tree branch all day snoozing and warming himself in the sun and at night he's off for a feed.

I had seen him a couple of months ago sitting on the end of one of the trees sunning himself and then he disappeared for a while. Now he's back.

He doesn't seem to be disturbed by us or the dogs which is great, so we get to watch him as much as we like.

Apparently this species of owl is found throughout Australia and in most habitats except denser rainforests and treeless deserts.

The bulk of their diet is made up of nocturnal insects, worms, slugs and snails. Small mammals, reptiles, frogs and birds are also eaten. Most food is obtained by pouncing to the ground from a tree or other elevated perch. Some prey items such as moths however, are caught in flight.

Tawny Frogmouths have a regular breeding season, but birds in more arid areas may breed in response to heavy rains. Both sexes incubate the eggs. The male sits during the day, but both sexes share sitting at night. The nest is a loose platform of sticks, which is usually placed on a horizontal forked tree branch. Normally only one brood is raised in a season, but birds from the south may have two.