Am I going gaga? Lady Gaga seems to think so…. 28



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Lady Gaga visits me every morning. She always wears the same outfit – all pink and white feathers. Mostly she is pretty aloof but sometimes she will pause to acknowledge my presence before demolishing as much as she can of the repast spread out for her.

She used to come by herself but then she started to bring Sir Gaga who seems to be short on patience. She would sit politely waiting for those loveable little bullies Max and Maxine to have their fill but when Sir Gaga began to accompany her, he would use his considerable bulk to shoo away the pair of lorikeets who usually expect to have first pick.

The past two mornings I have been delighted to welcome, along with Sir and Lady Gaga, little Baby Gaga. As I watch them interacting with each other I am drawn in by their human like behaviour. Lady Gaga picks up some seed and pushes into her squawking infant’s mouth and Sir Gaga gets very irritated and pushes the baby out of the way. He seems jealous of all the attention the little brat is getting.

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga

My deck is like a three ringed circus for a short time in the morning. The hierarchy appears to have changed somewhat as some of the smaller birds that have been coming for a long period of time become quite indignant with the newcomers.

One example is Dotty – a little speckled dove who has visited for the past five years. She came with her partner until he was devoured by a greedy cat that I was looking after. We were heartbroken and it was always so sad to see Dotty coming alone. She never has taken up with anyone else. They mate for life and when I lost my husband I would tell her I knew how she felt. She used to be quite timid, but her continued widowhood has made her stronger and now she has become rather aggressive and succeeds and frightening some of the bigger birds away.

JJ – Jack Junior – is the biggest visitor, being a currawong, but he is also a gentle giant and exhibits quite gentleman like behaviour. We had an old currawong that we named Jack that visited for years and we watched him grow old and frail. We missed him when he no longer visited so Jack Junior is a welcome replacement. Who says that birds don’t have personalities? What wondrous creatures they are.

So am I going gaga? I’m sure my neighbours think I am, but I feel so happy to have these amazing creatures visit me every day. Each of them mirrors behaviour I witness in the work that I do and the people I meet. I meet a number of Sir Gagas – mainly all bluff and bad manners, but when I get to know them I find such a façade, often hiding a great deal of insecurity which they are at pains to disguise.

There are certainly plenty of Max and Maxines who work hard to overcome their small stature by bullying their peers but it only takes a Dotty to stand up to them to send them scurrying for cover.

I admire the JJs that I work with. The strong silent types who are so comfortable in their own skin they have nothing to prove. They are the real gems in our world.

Oh I have to go! Pamela the piebald python is just wending her way up onto the deck. She is lovely to look at but the birds are very wary of her motivation.

Pamela 2

Mmm I wonder where she fits into my metaphor. It’s a dog eat dog existence!


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Lyn Traill

Lyn Traill is a very late bloomer and is grateful to feel she is being more productive now than at any other time in her life. Whilst still involved in corporate consulting, her real passions are writing and speaking. She has had a number of educational books published but ‘Sizzling at Seventy – victim to victorious’ was her first book for adults. Lyn’s mantra is that it is never too late to find your ‘fabulous’.

  1. I have 8 magpies who line up on my front verandah every morning – looking for the cats’ leftovers. If I am not quick enough for their liking they sing and peck at my door.

  2. Parrots, galahs, kokaburras, honeyeaters, cockatoos regularly visit; and of course magpies and wattlebirds. I love them all and just sit under my trees and watch and listen. Nature is awesome and soothes my soul.

  3. Lyn I have enjoyed your beautiful view of your world with your amazing visitors. All I have is three ravens who trut about the area and scare the bejees out of the other birds. They are the only ones who thinks this is funny.

  4. How lovely Lyn! We also enjoy a magical mix of wild life in our bush,and when our python comes to sun in the orange tree, our “sticky beak” noisy Australian Miners, always feel they have to warn us, and shriek and dive bomb, until I come out and tell them it’s ok!

  5. I live in the country it it so loud in the mornings at the moment as the gum trees are in flower so every variety of parrot and galah is visiting along with all the usual finches, wrens kookaburra and all the rest makes you feel good. Love the sacred kingfishers though so pretty

  6. At the moment we have a tree snake that visits, some blue tongue lizards, a large variety of birds, my favorite being the beach stone curlews, butterflies and we now have a native beehive, feeling blessed

  7. Lovely story except for the visit of the Python. No that would just freak me out, he would have to go from my paradise. Ha! Ha!

  8. I have beautiful little blue wrens. The makes are blue and females brown. Some little ones have hatched and they’re so tiny. Love them darting in and out of my garden. My cockatiel loves them also.

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