Woke up bleary-eyed after a restless night. Tea wasn't going to cut it this morning so I opted for a strong mocha. I looked out the window to see what state the basketball net was in just in time to see a small bird alight on the hoop. Within seconds the bird had severed what was left of the net from the hoop and left it dangling in a nearby tree. Who did this little critter think he was?
I needed help and I knew just where to find it. Enter Simpson & Day's Field Guide to the Birds of Australia.
Hastily thumbing through its contents I found just what I was looking for. The bird in question was a female Red Wattlebird, its habitat listed as 'forests, woods, suburbs'.
According to Simpson & Day, the Red Wattlebird (a member of the Honeyeater/ Australian Chats family) is at the beginning its breeding season. So the motive may well have been creative not destructive - I'd been on the wrong track all along. Somewhere nearby I hope there is a very warm nest made from twigs and red, white and blue man-made fibres waiting to become the home of some lovely little Red Wattlebird chicks.