Pardalotes follow-up

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Subject: Pardalotes follow-up
From: "Barbara Preston" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2005 15:07:54 +1100
Hi All
I sent a message around a couple of weeks ago (below) regarding paralotes outside my window. This is an update . .
They have continued to be around, and over the past week or so it's been the female that has been much more aggressively territorial. The general pattern seems to be that she'll spend 5 minutes or so agitatedly on one of the small branches less than half a metre from the window, bobbing her tail up and down, and every now and again flying at the window, just touching, flying upwards close to the window until she's above it, then back to her branch. (The male did not ever fly into the window straight from the regular perch branches, and after his week or so of bobbing and bristling he spent a lot of time preening and singing.) She'll then fly off for 10 minutes or so (sometimes an hour or so), then be back. Sometimes with the male, who does not appear as interested in the reflections any more (maybe he's worked it out . . .). Sometimes they flit about about together, doing little aerial acrobatics etc. There are a few other pardalotes about - I notice about 5 in the hakea about once or twice every day or so.  I do not spend all day staring out the window, but this is a good spot for viewing paradlotes at the moment . . .
Following other comments over the past week or so - there have been many more small birds in my garden over this summer - fairy wrens, eastern spine bills, scrub wrens, thorn bills (various & numerous), white-throated tree creeper, grey fantails, and lots of birds high in the big eucalypts that I can't recognise. Recent visitors have included red-browed finches & grey currawong (chased off by wattle bird after scratching around on the ground & probing under bark). Have not seen any silver-eyes for a few weeks. A local pair of kookaburras come every few days, perch above the pond with fish visible, but scratch around in the bark & leaves on the ground rather than bother the fish (the only bird I have known to catch a fish is one of our resident magpie larks that caught a baby fish about 2.5 cm long). 
Barbara Preston
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