Glen Davis

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Subject: Glen Davis
From: Cilla Rose <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 97 14:20:00 PDT
I know everyone is aware by now that there are Regent Honeyeaters by the 
hatful at Glen Davis but no one seems to be highlighting just what a 
delightful day's birdwatching is to be had there just now besides seeing the 
Regents so easily.  One interesting aspect of the Regent observable just now 
is the interesting way they were calling. It was their soft, warbly call 
(best described in Pizzey) interspersed with bill-clapping and lots of 
bobbing up and down (this is also described in Pizzey, but not the 
bill-clapping).  Does anyone know the significance of this?

Yesterday (Monday) was a perfect winter's day in Glen Davis.  As much 
variety as a spring/summer day but no flies and no wind.  Enough strength in 
the sun to warm the back while standing there getting eyeful after eyeful of 
honeyeaters.  The second stretch of bitumen from the beginning seems to be 
the spot where there is the most blossom and therefore the most species of 
honeyeaters - regent, fuscous, white-plumed, white-naped, yellow-faced, 
 black-chinned  (heard), red wattle-bird.  One female turquoise parrot was 
seen here, too.  Little lorrikeets flew over.  A little bit further on, 
yellow-tufted was added to the list and noisy friarbird.

The other very rewarding spot was the Glen Alice road  which was very 
productive adding peregrine falcon devouring something resembling a domestic 
pigeon/dove (all white feathers anyway and one leg and a bit of mangled 
flesh was all that was left to identify) and a large flock of double-barred 
finch.  The area behind the church opposite the picnic tables is the best 
spot to put down your rug and have lunch while looking at olive-backed 
orioles, dusky woodswallows, brown treecreepers, white-bellied cuckoo 
shrike, white-browed babbler, jacky winter as well as little lorrikeets and 
regent honeyeaters and some others of the honeyeaters listed above.

Other species seen in Glen Davis on Monday:  spotted pardalote, striated 
pardalote, yellow robin, wonga pigeon, red-rumped parrot, restless 
flycatcher, diamond firetail, hooded robin, mistletoe bird, common 
bronzewing, wedge-tailed eagle,  brown falcon.  Altogether a terrific day 
and worth the long drive.

Cilla Rose

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