Re: garden ID needed

To: Macaw <>
Subject: Re: garden ID needed
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 19:56:42 +1000
Macaw wrote:
> I saw a beautiul lil' bird in the garden this morn'.  White streak
> behind each eye and separate streak above each eye.  White chin.
> Short
> beak.  Tail long as body or a bit shorter.  diving and swooping round
> from its perch.  Quite daring stunts.  Probably grey fantail.
> Confirm?
> Tom
> --
> Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
> ICQ number: 15613388
Sounds as if it couldn't be anything else but Grey Fantail. When I first
learnt that bird, c. 1952, its 'real' name was Cranky Fan - How many
people ever call it that these days?  I think it's a shame to lose these
nicknames - 1. they are often still used by the general public 2. they
are folklore, necessary to understand older and non-professional writers
3. they have their own poetry.
                                          Anthea Fleming

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