I saw the chats at 4.30 p.m. - still in the same place. There were lots of
people and their dogs walking/running by and the chats were very skittish.
Interestingly, my wife, Michele (who is not a bird-watcher), took our own
dog for a walk in Banjo Patterson Park, Gladesville (about 10 km NW of the
Sydney CBD) about 3 weeks ago. Upon returning from this walk she remarked at
how she saw a flock of about six birds there, some of which were crimson in
colour. I couldn't establish the identity of the birds after quizzing her,
so I gave her Simpson & Day to look at. She soon identified the birds as
Crimson Chats. I immediately dismissed her conclusion, but now I'm not so
We've been back to Banjo Patterson Park about half a dozen times since then
(to take the dog for a walk and to look for the birds), but haven't come
across them again.
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