Birdbath watch

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Subject: Birdbath watch
From: Barry McLean <>
Date: Sat, 21 Dec 02 21:33:48 +1100
This afternoon here in Violet Town (Vic) it was 42°C and birds were thirsty.  I 
hunted away four magpies who were sitting on the birdbath outside my window 
because I noticed that they had been sitting there for about half an hour, not 
drinking much if at all in that time, but preventing access by other birds.  In 
the following two minutes or less the bath was attended by a total of ten 
different species, up to four species at once so I continued to watch for a 
total of about twenty minutes.

Nothing special but roughly in order of appearance they were Crimson Rosella, 
several Brown-headed H/Es, two White-plumed H/Es and several Goldfinch almost 
instantly, then as some left, three Silvereye, several striated T'bill, two 
Brown T'bill, several Red-browed Finch and a Willy Wagtail made up the first 
ten.  Others to arrive then to join them included a Rufous Whistler, a Spotted 
Pardalote, a House Sparrow, two Blackbird, a Grey Shrike-thrush and two Grey 
Fantail.  All the time on the very crisp lawn, this is the sixth 38°+ 
consecutive day following a hot dry month, were a contingent of Superb F/W 
which apparently didn't need a drink.

The visiting rate dropped considerably after about ten minutes and the Grey 
Fantails were the only visitors for the last five minutes. Then the Magpies 

Merry Xmas

         Barry & Roberta McLean
         03 57981213
         0418 584433
         PO Box 66
         Violet Town  Vic  3669

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