After about two months of warm, dry weather we finally got rain on the 1st October! And boy, did it rain! It rained almost continually for 18 days before we even got a glimpse of the sun. It was light steady rain, which was great for the ground as it allowed the rain to soak in before we got hit with some very heavy downpours.
October also saw the gradual return of some of our regular birds, as the very bossy and territorial magpies have lessened their violent attacks now their babies are out of the nest.
I came across this spider and its web in some plants near the veranda. I don’t think I’ve seen this type before, it’s about an inch in size, but I love its colouring!
Here’s another insect I’ve never seen before. It’s only about a centimetre in size and there were a number of them on the leaves of a gum tree sapling. It’s quite unusual looking, so if you happen to know what it is, let me know.
And here’s something I don’t get to see very often- a golden tailed spiny ant. It’s a big ant, about a centimetre in length. Doesn’t it look elegant with its golden colouring?
And the snakes are on the move too. I saw two different carpet pythons during the month. This one was waiting under the carport for me when I got home late from work one night. It’s about 4 feet long.
There’s been a buzz of activity at the insect hotel as well. Among other unknown flying insects, I found this bee visiting over several days. Not sure, but I think it might be a resin bee.
There were plenty of birds to watch during October (which was great because the Aussie Backyard Bird Count was on) including these sulphur crested cockatoos.
And this cockatoo was very happy with the onset of the rain. In fact, I’d say it was ecstatic!! Check out the video. 😀
This pair of rainbow lorikeets were sheltering from the rain. Aren’t they cute?
And lastly, a bird has been visiting that I can’t identify. I first heard this bird call back in April, but it was some distance away. Lately, it has been calling from a gum tree in my yard but I can’t find it amongst all the leaves, plus I don’t know what I’m actually looking for. I captured this audio recording of it.
If you happen to know what this bird is, please let me know. It’s located in South East Queensland. Thanks!
Thanks for stopping by and reading about my backyard wildlife visitors. 🙂
This is my participation in a monthly event called Wildlife Wednesdays hosted by Tina of My Gardner Says… You can see the wildlife visitors of other participants here.