Glossies in Goonoo

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Subject: Glossies in Goonoo
From: "Judie Peet" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 10:30:00 +1000
Hi All,

Michael Todd wrote:" On Common Bronzewings,

They were abundant at Round Hill during the week. Through patches of Acacia
I was flushing up one or two every 30-40 metres. Maybe there is an inland
movement in winter following seeding Acacias???"

*** Could be, but it's odd Michael. In Goonoo there are around 40 species of
wattle, and some are flowering/seeding pretty much all year round. We can't
see why the bronzewings need to leave Goonoo (Bird Heaven).

Incidentally, we have observed Common Bronzewings in Goonoo feeding an ants.
The dam rims often contain quite large ant nests and the bronzewings will
wander up and stand right on the nest, and er, suck up the ants. I don't
know if this is usual in other areas, although insects do form a part of
their diet. I have seen bronzewings eating ant-collected seeds from the top
of an antheap too.

Regards, Judie Peet
(The only thing certain in birdwatching is that nothing's certain.)

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