Spring Migrants

Subject: Spring Migrants
From: Lynn <>
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2006 12:52:38 +1000
Hi all

A lovely spring morning in Dungog this morning and a new bird for the property list , Pallid Cuckoo, being harassed by a Willie Wagtail in the garden. Only my second record for the Hunter Valley area. Two Dollar Birds flew over ( so I suppose that is a dollar each way ! ) also Chanel- billed Cuckoo and Sacred Kingfisher around.

The day started when I opened my eyes and a male King Parrot was eyeballing me from his feeding position in an Orange Marmalade Grevillea pressed up against the bedroom window.

The garden is alive with Noisy Friarbirds, Eastern Spinebills, Red Wattlebirds, Lewins and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. The normally aggressive Noisy Miners are outnumbered and unusually quiet.

Bar-shouldered and Peaceful Doves calling as well as White-headed Pigeons. Pheasant Coucals on the hill and Stubble Quail calling on dusk the previous evening.
Crimson Rosellas and Satin Bowerbirds adding some nice colour as well.

Last weekend in a gully in one of our back paddocks where we usually have three species of Fairy Wrens ( Superb, Variegated and Red-backed ) there was also a pair of Southern EmuWren , great to see them all together.

Gotta love Spring


Dick Jenkin

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