The weather has been extreme here and just the opposite of Europe and North America. Where they have been having snow we have been having extreme heat and rain. ( Well we are at the other end of the earth.) This has seen big trees down, a months rainfall in a day, unbearable humidity and all that goes with extreme weather. I have found a number of birds nests knocked out of the trees and I don't think there was anywhere much for them to shelter.
Last week a delegation of birds arrived on my back balcony. Three kookaburras and a magpie, all in full voice at 5:45am in the morning. The sound was made even louder by the fact that the balcony acted as an echo chamber.
What did they want? Food.
The kookaburras looked somewhat bedraggled. They live in hollows in the gum trees and my guess is that they got very wet. Those feathers are still wet.
They were all so hungry that they sat there and had their photo's taken.
Some birds will do anything for food, even let you get up close. The magpie ended up having second thought about the deal but those kookaburras hung around all morning.
I was up early that morning.