Gloucester NSW birds

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Subject: Gloucester NSW birds
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2006 10:29:32 +1000
Dear all

The large Mulberry tree in my back garden is weighed down with fruit - and birds! So far hungry visitorss have included Crimson and Eastern Rosellas, King Parrots, Figbirds, Little Ravens, Pied Currawongs, Silvereyes, Scarlet, Lewin's and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, Noisy Friarbirds, Red Wattlebirds, Olive-backed Orioles, Satin Bowerbirds and one female Regent Bowerbird, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes. The absentees are Brown Cuckoo-doves that came last year to eat the fallen fruit. So far the bounty is enough for all of us and when I venture under the tree to pick a few for myself, it erupts into a scatter of birds.

One young male Figbird (bright light red eye patch but only a few black feathers on his head and no olive green on back) sat in the tree and gave a very good rendition of a Rainbow Lorikeet.

There is a lack of fruit in the rainforest ares around here at the moment which may account for the number of fruit eaters. An oddity so far is I haven't heard a Koel - they usually love the mulberries and tend to stay in the tree all day.

The Channel-bills are still calling most mornings, as are Fantails and Shining-bronze, a Brush Cuckoo called on the 14th but no Koels. Bee-eaters turned up on the 12th and I thought I heard a Dollarbird on the 18th but that needs confirmation.

Small birds are keeping a low profile as the Noisy Friarbirds are causing havoc, calling and chasing and presumably sorting out pairs for breeding. They chase off the ravens which I thoroughly approve of.

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