Dusky Woodswallow nesting in Grass Tree

To: "David McDonald" <>, <>
Subject: Dusky Woodswallow nesting in Grass Tree
From: "Rod's Gardening" <>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2005 21:06:07 +1100
Another Dusky Woodswallow nest at Murray's Corner - though this one wasn't
in a Grass Tree - with 2 adult birds busily alternating the feeding duties
to at least 3 nestlings.  Lots of Rufous Songlarks heard calling, also
Rufous Whistlers, WW Trillers and White throated Gerygones along the road
between Tharwa and the Cotter, plus a pair of Sacred Kingfishers on the
wires downstream from Tharwa.  Also saw in the Murrumbidgee a very large
creature "porpoise" three times then disappear.  Probably an enormous Carp I

While on the subject of young birds, last Sunday I visited Callum Brae for
the first time to see how many of the 64 species recorded during the blitz I
could encounter.  Could only manage 32, including a couple I thought were
interesting.  On the first dam just up from the entry point was an adult
Australasian Grebe in breeding plumage, plus 4 stripe headed immatures (a
common species but still a first for me in both of these modes).  Then a
surprise in the water course flowing nearby as I flushed a single quite
small Pacific Black Duck which appeared unable to fly and ran off with wings
flapping (as opposed to flying) thru the bush towards the dam.



Rod Mackay

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