Spring in Violet Town Vic
Spring in Violet Town Vic
"Barry McLean" <>
Thu, 12 Oct 2006 22:15:33 +1000
Bits and pieces in no particular order.
Nice to see our first Rainbow Bee-eaters for this season yesterday - three
birds travelling westerly as usual; they always.
Also yesterday the Collared Sparrowhawk was sitting on the nest they have
used every year since we moved here in Feb 2002.
The second Western Gerygone nest was abandoned unfinished - the first was
completed and birds were in residence (on eggs?) but then was found on the
ground - perhaps a Currawong or perhaps wind. Two days later they had
started the replacement but I have not found another yet. Last year they (I
assume without real reason that it is the same pair) built 3 times, I don't
know if the third attempt was successful but they were feeding young and the
used nest was in the tree.
The garden is ringing with the sound of the two fledgling Grey
Shrike-Thrushes which left the nest (in the saucepan in the shed again) on
Multiple pairs of Weebills, Magpies, Superb Fairy-wrens, Striated and
Spotted Pardalotes have all had breeding success.
A pair of Wood Ducks hatched 12 ducklings and have only one left after three
weeks. I suspect that most may be taken by raptors but have not seen it
happen - I did see a pair of foxes rounding up a group in 2004
At present we are watching several Red-browed Finch nests but have not seen
any signs of occupation - they do seem to do a lot of practice nests each
year. I am regularly checking a Peaceful Dove on eggs in a nest and I think
that we might have a nesting pair of Crested Pigeons but can't find it!
Well it is now late evening and we saw about 10 Bee-eaters hawking at the
top dam about 6pm for a few minutes before they departed - southwards!
More exciting, also at the dam was a mixed flock of White-browed(3) and
Masked(2) Woodswallows. They have not been sighted since 2002 when a
bigger mixed flock visited. Which reminds me that we had a Shining
Bronze-Cuckoo here on 23 Sept - also the first time since 2002. 2002 was
also a very dry year and (without checking) there were about ten other
species that have only been seen here in 2002.
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