Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Once the giant perennial dahlia growing outside of out lounge window had expired for the season, I was tempted by habit to cut down the tall, branched stalk but, remembering my advice to others to leave such structures standing for the sake of any creature that might like to use it as a perch, I stayed my hand. I'm glad I did. That dried stalk is regularly used by birds of all sorts as a stopover on the way to and from wherever they go; nest, flower, roof or other lofty position, and I've enjoyed seeing them alight and sway there. There have been tui, bellbird, blackbird, finch, sparrow, starling and other tiny things to small to identify against the sky. Here's the stalk, unoccupied as it's raining presently but bound to be perched upon as soon as the weather improves.
Posted by robertguyton at 8:24 AM