Hi Betty and all,
I have been residing in Heidelberg (VIC) for 7 years have have noticed a
gradual proliferation of Spotted Turtle Doves in our street, funnily enough
there seems to be a general equalibrium between
Doves,Mynahs,Blackbirds,Magpiesand Mag-Larks and oddly masses of Rainbow Lories
and Wattlebirds invading my neighbours lone Gum tree in Spring/Summer, while
the Mynahs take over in Autumn/Winter. To add to this scenario, not terribly
Betty Mitchell wrote:
> Here on the Mornington Peninsula in my garden I just adore my resident
> Singing and Spiny cheeked Honeyeaters. I think Singing Honeyeater is a
> misnomer as apart from a few musical gurgles I know they are around by it's
> unsinging---eeeeeeeeh call!!
> I also have resident Superb Fairy Wrens and W.B. Scrubwrens which give me a
> lot of satisfaction as my 4 acres was totally devoid of vegetation when we
> built here 9 years ago.
> Australian Hobby's prey on the Spotted Turtle Doves in the area. I am
> always fascinated to watch them devouring every part of the bird,even the
> feet and bill.
> Has anyone else noticed the increase in Spotted Turtle Dove numbers in
> recent years?
> They are in plague proportions down here.
> Yellow Robins have just this year moved into the garden as the vegetation
> is now dense enough to satisfy their needs.
> My garden list is now up to 47 species with several breeding records.
> Bett Mitchell
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