We’re well into the Dry season now and the birds come to water whenever they can. These White-gaped Honeyeaters (Lichenostomus unicolor) came to bathe under the sprinkler this morning.
Rain? What’s that? We had a few drops (almost few enough to count individually) a couple of days ago, but before then?
I had to look at the BoM’s records. They show we have had nothing over 0.2mm on any one day all the way back to early July when we had 12.4mm one day and a sprinkling on the days either side of it. June’s total was … wait for it … 2.2mm and in May the total was only 1.8mm. We had 10 mm in April but, really, it stopped raining at the end of March.
We have had less than 30 mm in a bit over five months.
Rainfall patterns like that are not at all uncommon, as I saw when I was doing the figures for my post about rainwater tanks earlier this year, but we will be looking at record lows for the season unless we get some decent rain before the end of November.
Meanwhile, we will keep watering our garden (thank goodness for the bore!) and the birds will keep on coming.