A bellbird as an alarm clock is a pretty fine prospect. Deborah Levy often writes of her bird song clock in her memoir. A bellbird was singing outside the window early this morning.

Bellbird in kowhai tree

Later, as I sat reading in the sun, I looked up to discover two ducks about to walk in the door.

This sign by the door tells me they’re frequent visitors.

Other visitors have been a thrush, chaffinches and, of course, sparrows. A sparrow popped out of the hedge where it’s probably nesting.

I don’t miss my chooks too much, but it’s nice to watch the bird life here.

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