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.
How observant of Keith!
How sneaky of the bird!
Apart from the nest itself, the only evidence that the nest was located in this tree were fine wood splinters at its base.
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