Re: birding-aus Red Wattlebird rare in Sydney?

To: "Andrew Taylor" <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Red Wattlebird rare in Sydney?
From: "Reg Clark" <>
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999 18:33:48 +1100
Hi Andrew & Birding-ausers

>From my personal observations there are at least as many Red Wattlebirds (
Anthocheara carunculata ) and also Little Wattlebirds (Anthocheara
chrysoptera ) at present , as I have noticed in the St Ives area of Sydney
over the past forty-three years.
Two breeding pairs( RWB) visit my garden regularly , one pair has
successfully raised one young , the other pair has two harsh -voiced
fledglings . They may not be so lucky the second time around as the Common
Koels (Eudynamys scoloparea) have become very vociferous in the vicinity ,
This morning , a lone female arrived squawked two or three times and within
ten minutes was being noisily courted by four males.
The " cuckoo effect" must be a factor inhibiting  numbers of RWBs and LWBs
but whilst they can be successful with that f irst clutch they seem to be
at least holding there own here.

The two Banksias ,Serrata and Ericifolia  appear to be important food
sources and exotics such as Camellia sasanqua and japonica are much
resorted to during Autumn and Winter.

Reg Clark
11 Carmen St
St Ives NSW 2075

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