Autumn is on it's way

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Subject: Autumn is on it's way
From: "Mike Simpson" <>
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 18:47:22 +1100
A walk by the Nepean today suggests that autumn is almost here. The summer
migrants have virtually gone, no Koels, CB Cuckoos or Sacred Kingfishers
about although they were all here a week ago.

A solitary Dollar Bird sitting on top of a dead tree drying it's wings
following the storms we have had for the past two days appears to be the
sole Summer migrant left.

On the other hand, an Eastern Yellow Robin and a flock of Red-browed Finches
herald the return of the 'altitude migrants' and with them a
Black-shouldered Kite and a pair of Nankeen Kestrals have been patrolling
the area.

To top everything off, I had close up views of a large sooty-brown falcon
cruising among the tops of the River She-oaks this morning. I assumed this
was a Brown Falcon, but when it passed directly overhead, the underside
appeared totally dark. Is a Black Falcon a possibility in this area to the
West of Sydney at the foot of the Blue Mountains (I have seen a Wedgetailed
Eagle in this area following similar storm activity over the Mountains)?

Best Regards,
Mike Simpson, Penrith, NSW

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