A Nesting Crested Barbet

I have only caught sight of the bird fleetingly in the garden but evidence that it has set up home in our yard is obvious. It has been creating a hole in the dead limb of a tree. My best guess at the identity of the freeloader is that it is a Cardinal Woodpecker. By rights, I would have preferred if it had obtained the necessary Planned Permits but the deed has clearly already been perpetrated.

Main picture: The Crested Barbet obtaining free board and lodgings in my tree

From all the wood splinters littering the branch of an adjacent tree, my initial response was to search for its nest in that tree. After a fruitless 10 minutes, my Zimbabwean gardener pointed out that a nearby tree had a recently created nesting hole in it.

The nest without Planning Permission

The offending nest constructed without Planning Permission

How observant of Keith!

The dumping ground of the wood splinters and shavings. Technically in Woodpecker speak, they refer to this as the Dumping Tree. The better educated ones refer to it as the Dubious Cypher

The dumping ground of the wood splinters and shavings. Technically in Woodpecker speak, they refer to this as the Dumping Tree. The better educated ones refer to it as the Dubious Cypher

How sneaky of the bird!

The crime scene. These miscreants have cleaned up after committing their break-in

The crime scene. These miscreants have cleaned up after committing their break-in

Apart from the nest itself, the only evidence that the nest was located in this tree were fine wood splinters at its base.

The crime scene#2

Being mindful of animal rights and in keeping with my liberal disposition, I accord all birds Squatting Rights in my garden. On the other hand Janine, with her Trumpish convictions, is keen to resort to desperate measures such as obtaining an Eviction Order. I am loath to do so unless this pair invites their Islamic or Mexican Starling friends to partake of my hospitality. If they have the audacity to do so, I will purchase a pellet gun without a permit, or background checks being performed, and massacre the lot of them

 


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