Proof that cleaning can kill

My Mum passed a love of gardening on to me and with it came a fascination with the small birds who love to hop about in the bottle brush hedges and sip at the emu bush blossoms.

My Little People meet a young honeyeater

My Little People meet a young honeyeater

This dear little New Holland Honeyeater was a casualty of our big spring cleaning effort this week, twice crashing into our sparkling windows. Lifted up ever so gently beyond Patch’s reach, the youngster recovered in a couple of minutes, only to fly along the verandah a few metres before crashing all over again! He or she took another breather under the watchful gaze of two Little People for a few moments before zipping off into the shrubs.

Whoever said housework never killed anybody clearly was misinformed. Next time the cleaning urge comes, I’ll try harder to resist.

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4 responses to “Proof that cleaning can kill

  1. Why not help migratory birds by hanging translucent curtains in your windows? Or stick on a few silhouettes (available online and elsewhere) to let birds know the windows are there? Millions of birds die crashing into windows each year – a number which could be greatly reduced with a few bird-friendly precautions.

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  2. Thank you for a fantastic excuse for not washing my seeming millions of none too clean windows! As a dedicated birder I must do my part for the cause. And I hate to wash windows. lol

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