A good few minutes at Violet Town

To: "birding-aus" <>, "Mike Tarburton" <>
Subject: A good few minutes at Violet Town
From: Barry McLean <>
Date: Sat, 1 Jan 05 11:16:16 +1100
Happy New Year.

Drove in to our drive yesterday afternoon about 4.30pm and stopped to see if 
the Western Gerygone were still around.  I found their nest, empty and  on the 
ground on 26th after a bit of wind (it may have been blown down but may also 
have been predated by Pied Currawong?), but have seen or heard them every day 
since. Luckily I pulled up where it was easy to see one of them working on the 
nearly completed replacement!

At that moment the only Dollardbird seen on the property in 2004 squawked and 
landed in their 'usual' dead tree.

Then the pair of Collared Sparrowhawk gave a short aerial display and while 
watching them (and a much higher Wedge-tailed Eagle) I discovered a small swarm 
of swifts - the first seen in the 3 years we have been here.  They were high 
enough that they were invisible without binoculars and  I was not able to ID 
them, but I kept scanning hopefully and got another glimpse of specks in front 
of a cloud, a couple of km east a few minutes later, which I think were 
possibly the same group of swifts.


         Barry & Roberta McLean
         03 57981213
         0418 584433
         PO Box 66
         Violet Town  Vic  3669
         36° 40' 3"   145° 43' 11"

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