Channel BCs

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Subject: Channel BCs
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2005 19:17:12 +1000
Dear all

Heard the first Channel-billed Cuckoos in Gloucester at dawn Friday 16th Sept - but of course they may have been around longer as this was the first time someone had been listening at 6am - I've been getting up much later since it is still too chilly on the deck for breakfast.

We've also had two recent reports of Grey-crowned Babblers nesting - one group of 4 or 5 fledged young week of 12 September when I was in hospital have my first total knee replacement operation, and the other a pair nesting in a small gum on the edge of the 8th fareway of Gloucester golf club - nestlings have been heard and I saw only 2 adults in attendance. This is not a very good site - surrounded by endless close mown grass with somewhat isolated clumps of exotic and native trees and shrubs. The first group's nest is 2.5m up a 3m high gum on the side of an unsealed road about 4km from the town, with reasonable GCB foraging territory all around.

Otherwise, the days are hotting up fast and bird life is extremely busy - Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have been passing in small groups for the past 3 weeks and Noisy Friarbirds getting noisier as the town bottlebrushes start to come into flower. Let's hope the Scarlet Honeyeaters will return soon - miss their beautiful silvery calls but the very noisy White-throated Gerygones make up for that - they sing all day, and I've even had a Tawny Frogmouth humphing outside my window at night.
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