Topknot Pigeons in Greenwich, Lane Cove

To: Kate Ravich <>
Subject: Topknot Pigeons in Greenwich, Lane Cove
From: Andy Burton via Birding-Aus <>
Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2020 21:06:24 +1100
Hi Kate, although not commonly seen in northern Sydney, they are certainly 
regular travellers along the coast and have been for many years. I live in 
Roseville on the other side of the valley from Chris Charles and they have been 
regulars over the past few years. They have been here for the past couple of 
weeks and like Chris’s birds have been feeding on fruits of Bangalow Palms, 
although I presume not exclusively so. I expect them to stay in the area for a 
while longer yet. They are also present on the Warringah Peninsula atm, but I'm 
not sure how many. Other interesting sightings in Blue Gum Creek recently 
include a regular Square-tailed Kite, regular Hobby, Scarlet Honeyeaters which 
are unusual here and a single sighting of a Peregrine, although they are seen 
here occasionally. The Powerful Owl and Boobook have been calling and a Satin 
Bowerbird was an unusual visitor, although I suspect that Chris sees them 
regularly across the Valley.

Whilst your birds might be refugees from the bushfires, that would not normally 
have been the case in northern Sydney.

A nice record, especially in your garden 😊


> On 3 Jan 2020, at 5:53 pm, Kate Ravich <> wrote:
> I’ve never seen this before.  About 20 Topknot pigeons flew over my garden a 
> couple of days ago and now 3 have been in it, looking about.  Refugees from 
> the bush fires no doubt.  I think its time we actively promoted not only 
> putting water out but also responsible feeding over this unprecedented 
> disaster time.  Even if only the local residents respond, that will help to 
> take pressure off the natural food supplies that remain.  
> Kate
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