Early days

We moved into Uccello Lane in 2012 – it was a mudbrick house on a lane that led to the Yarra River – with a garden that was very natural and overgrown but all the hard landscaping and rock work had been done. Every room had floor length windows so you really felt like you were at one with the outside. For the winter…

“The Bank”

By late spring in 2019 after the hot summer we had some good rainfall – and  “The Bank” was lush. Everything was in flower the wisteria, snowball trees, lily pillis to bring the birds  and  lavender.  “The Bank” is viewed from the study, the craft room or the conservatory. It is always on show –  but it was not always this way – in…

Birds – Houses & Baths

We have bird baths and feeders at Uccello Lane – no point attracting birds with nothing to feed them with or on. Mainly it is the plants they come for – the Coroes outside our window or bottlebrush (callistemon) out the front.

Up in the top corner with the mushrooms is a birdbath made in the Edna Walling style – it is very popular and gets filled often Both the kookaburras and the magpies patrol this area as the worms seem to be on steroids.

On the bank there is a bird feed which we have used a hollow log my dad had adapted for his aviary – we call it the “Ned Kelly” feeder. Hopefully a parrot may build a nest in it but it is exposed there so maybe not for a while. This area is frequented by the King Parrot and the Yellow Tailed Parrot.

Birds – Eastern Rosella (Platycercus Eximus Psittacidae) – vivid colors but camouflaged…

The Eastern Rosella is especially vividly coloured — red and yellow and blue and green and black patterns. When rosellas are feeding on the ground among the grass or perched in the trees they can be very difficult to see – despite their bright colours. The video below shows them eating some bread they bravely got out of the chook pen.

Birds – Mr Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

The Crimson Rosella’s have been gradually making their way to be included in the feeding on the front deck. Lets not be mistaken though the Lorikeets still own the space – a Crimson Rosella started eating the left overs from the King Parrot and he stayed for ages. There are two of them nesting high up in one of the gum trees but they…

Birds – Larrikin Lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus)

The lorikeets run the show for the bird population at Uccello Lane. Every bird feeder, bird bath, railing, perch is their’s – even if they are just flying by they will take time out to scare of the “intruder”. They “own the tree” out the front of the balcony and will tolerate others using it but that’s all. They are acrobatic and expect to…

Birds – Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus)

These birds have yellow patches on their cheeks – and we prefer to call them the Yellow Cheeked Black Cockatoo as it is very distinctive and makes them look a bit like a clown.They are very noisy eaters of native trees which have nuts or berries and screech to each other. Large and almost hawke like in size they are a favorite at Uccello…

Birds – King Parrots (Alisterus scapularis)

The King Parrots are gentler, shyer birds who will eat food from your hand. They visit each day and call out as soon as they arrive. They gather on the bbq and wait – they sing and appear to “stare” at you till food is produced. Their feathers really are magnificent in color and seemingly different on each bird.

Kookaburra sits in the old Gum Tree – waiting for the worms

The Kookaburras are always here – they laugh and laugh at all times of the day and night. They happily sit beside you in the garden – ever ready for a worm or whatever. One of my favorites is the “sleeping Kooka” – probably because he was awake at 4.00am in the morning – laughing and needs to catch up at during the day. They…