Spring in Mulgoa Valley

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Subject: Spring in Mulgoa Valley
From: michael hunter <>
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:49:14 +0000
Hi All.

           We have had some good sightings in our part of Mulgoa Valley over 
the last week.

           Best was a juvenile BAILLON’S CRAKE among the reeds on a dam, new 
for my local list.

            A circling SWAMP HARRIER, with Brown Goshawk close by and a Nankeen 
Kestrel,  CRESTED SHRIKE-TIT,   AZURE KINGFISHER  not new but occasional and 
nice to see.

            Several CATTLE EGRETS, none in breeding plumage. Three CHESTNUT 
BREASTED MANIKINS and a few NUTMEG MANIKINS, as well as a small flock of 
EUROPEAN GOLDFINCHES feeding on flowering thistles. The Spotted Pardalote is 
back. Swallows are nesting very messily under the eaves. The extended family of 
five Purple Gallinules who foraged together over winter have reduced to one 
pair after a concerted wings and tail-up chase lasting several days to oust the 
breeding territory’s excess capacity. Reed Warblers returned a fortnight ago. 
Whipbirds seen, growling but not whipcracking on the overgrown creek. Eastern 
Yellow Robin and Grey Thrush,   as well as Blackbirds, who wake us just before 
dawn with their beautiful song.  A Golden-headed Cisticola and Richards Pipit 
seen and heard two weeks ago but not since.

             We started putting out Wild bird Seed, consisting mainly of wheat, 
corn, sunflower seed with interesting results.  The container is a rectangular 
bowl on our small back “lawn” outside the kitchen window.  Most unexpected is 
that Magpies are eating a lot of something in the mix, probably the corn, whole 
kernels. There is a pecking order, a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is king, then 
Galahs, Magpies, Bar-shouldered Doves, Spotted Turtledoves, Peaceful Doves, 
Double barred and Red-browed finches.              
           And a young House Sparrow.  House Sparrows were numerous until the 
horse people next door departed, with their horses, four years ago, and the 
sparrows just disappeared (until last week.) As they have from many areas, 
possibly because of the lack of insects to raise young at that one critical 
post hatching period although they are granivorous birds.

           The Mix has only been out for a few weeks and still attracting new 
spp.  Crimson Rosellas have approached and eat seeding winter grass in the 
lawn, and seed scattered on the grass, but have yet to come to the bowl, which 
is under a nominal shelter of slatted pine.  A family of King Parrots eyed the 
seed off from an adjacent tree, hopefully might put in another appearance. YT 
Black Cockatoos are feeding young and pruning nearby pines, and although 
pictured on the Wildmix bag, have not shown interest in the handout.  Apart 
from the Bar-shouldered doves and Doublebars who nest close by, none of the 
birds stay longer than it takes for a good feed; dependence will not be an 
issue, the bowl is only refilled every second day.

               What a nice Spring, all we need is some real rain to keep things 
growing and going.


              PS We are off next week on yet another attempt for the Princess 
Parrot, somewhere between Jupiter Well, Kunawarritji  and Lake Tobin.     Any 
tips as to where to look or recent sightings?

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