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…

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 – 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…