I have an answer for at least one species. We saw these strange shadowy shapes in the Poison Peach Trema tomentosaone one night in November. On investigation we found two Noisy Minors Manorina melanophrys cuddled together.

With their heads tucked in they were almost impossible to identify.

Ten days on and the Noisy Miner chicks are growing. The little balls of fluff have grown and it is getting crowded in the nest. The two bigger chicks walk all over the baby.

One chick fell out of the nest while I was watching. You can watch him on the video climbing back in and acting cool while he walks all over another chick: “I didn’t fall out. I meant to do that.”

You need space when you want to stretch your new wings.

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They are almost fledglings with two showing off their wing feathers but Mum and Dad are still on feeding duty. Filling those gaping beaks is a full time job.

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Watch the 11 Aug video.

It is Noisy Miner Manorina melanophrys breeding season again and we have three chicks in a nest just outside our bedroom window. The female does the nest building lining the twigs with bit of carpet from the cat’s scratching post. This year she was cheeky enough to pinch some of the cat’s fur itself! Poor Sally was asleep in the sun and leapt a foot in the air.

We were confused for a while when we saw four different birds coming to the nest to feed the chicks. Apparently a number of male birds help with the feeding.

We like the Noisy Miners. They are a honeyeater which habitats the disturbed edges of forests and our backyards. The Miners do force some smaller birds out these forest edges: edge effect. However, they also keep the Indian Myna Acridotheres tristis – chocolate brown colour, out of our forests. They are also the alert birds for their habitat, letting everyone know if is a cat or snake on the prowl or a bird of prey around.

Rather than worry about the Miners we are working to reverse the edge effect by consolidating the forest habitat by clearing garden plants that have escaped into the bush and where possible taking the native plant species into the backyards.

Watch the chicks growing up – almost ready to fledge.

Planting Day – Sunday 31 October – 8am to 12noon

Please join us in the next stage of restoration – Zone 14 Stage 2 replanting.

Habitat created by our restoration work is already home to Noisy Minors and Imperial Hairstreak butterflies. Clearing weeds is also bringing Koalas back to the gully.

On Sunday 31, over 400 grasses, vines and trees indigenous to Mt Gravatt Reserve, will be planted in the second stage of Zone 14 restoration: near the water reservoir at the top of Azania Street.

Even if you only have half an hour come and put in your plant.

Noisy Minor Nest – Zone 7: Sept 2010

Where – access site via:

46 O’Grady Street, Upper Mt Gravatt

Wear protective footwear and sun protection. Morning tea, plants and equipment provided.

Information:      Mike Fox – 0408 769 404