I was speaking to Sheena Gillman last night and she told me about the
Silvereye. Where I live on 5 acres at Logan Reserve (southern end of
Brisbane, northern end of Gold Coast) I have had a lot of Tasmanian
Silvereyes lately in quite large groups, but have not looked for ringing. I
can usually see them from my kitchen and have been able to identify them as
Tasmanian. Unfortunately due to work I leave early and get home most
evenings in the dark so it is only weekends and the lucky time I am home
early that I get a chance to see what is around. Will take particular
notice if any are ringed next time a flock of Silvereyes are around. I have
definitely had mixed groups. Also a few weeks ago, Neil Strode, Ron Dowling
and a few others saw at least one at Eprapah Creek, Victoria Point.
Ros Laundon wrote:
> Hello Aus-Birders,
> Sheena Gilman and I met a Silvereye with very broad, dark chestnut
> flanks in Toohey Forest this morning. From the field guides it was
> probably a Tasmanian seeking the sun (lateralis). There were flocks of
> up to 10 Silvereye there but this one was forraging on its own. Perhaps
> the paler-flanked varieties didn't recognize it as one of them. Toohey
> Forest surrounds Griffith University on the south side of Brisbane. We
> were taking part in a survey to locate small, leg-ringed bush birds and
> help determine the use that they make of Toohey Forest. This little
> Taswegian did not have a leg ring. One of the best things about surveys
> is the by-catch.
> A few weeks ago we were freezing (for Queensland) in the Border Ranges
> (NSW-QLD border via Rathdowney) on an Eastern Bristlebird Survey. QOSI
> volunteers with Department of Environment guidance were taking part in a
> long-range habitat survey in an historical Eastern
> Bristlebird location. Apart from the magnificent scenery we got a
> really close up view of an aged, female Brown Falcon. Unlike some other
> surveys, no results can be posted as EBB's are notoriously easily
> distracted from the business of breeding. Playing tapes and attempts at
> flushing are considered likely to end a season's breeding.
> However, we did get some ticks, the sort that have to be taken out with
> tweesers. I only mention it because my Dr. would have given me a
> tetanus booster if my last was more than 5 years ago. Perhaps others
> are also unaware of the linkage of bush ticks and tetanus.
> Ros Laundon.
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