Bird-watcher Cliff Grills keeps an eye on the unusual birds perched on the telephone lines across the road from his home, and spotted this rare bird (inset) on Elliott Heads Rd.
Bird-watcher Cliff Grills keeps an eye on the unusual birds perched on the telephone lines across the road from his home, and spotted this rare bird (inset) on Elliott Heads Rd. Photo Mike Knott BUNBRD

Feathered friends spark curiosity

A BUNDABERG man was pleasantly surprised earlier this week when he discovered that his backyard played host to a family of small birds that normally prefer life higher up.

Cliff Grills, of Elliott Heads Rd, first spotted the group of two young birds and one or more adults flying near their outdoor table setting when he and his wife were relaxing in the yard.

Mr Grills said he had never seen that species of bird before.

"I'm not really a birdwatcher, but you know, when you see something you haven't seen before, you take notice," he said.

Mr Grills brought in a photograph of the birds to the NewsMail in the hope someone would be able to identify their feathered house guests.

Prominent birdwatcher and frequent NewsMail contributor Bill Moorhead quickly recognised the birds as white-breasted wood swallows, a native species which, while not uncommon, are not often observed close to the ground, preferring instead to roost high up in trees or on telephone poles.

"They're a really beautiful bird. On a really cold morning you sometimes see a whole group of them all cuddled up together," he said.

Do you have any regular wildlife visitors? Submit them for our Photos of the Week section by emailing editorial@news-mail.com.au.



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