Otis, Boo-boo and Dodo

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Subject: Otis, Boo-boo and Dodo
From: "John Layton" <>
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2006 19:12:20 +1000
Further to my recent post about a large owl flushed from a stand of trees at The Rock Nature Reserve, Younger Brat and I sallied south from Wagga Wagga on Saturday morning to investigate. We soon located the trees, and there was whitewash on the ground but it didn't appear all that fresh. And Otis was not in residence. We searched the ground litter for pellets, but no luck. Apparently, its dormitory was remote from its vomitory.
We birded around for an hour in fairly cold, breezy conditions and checked off fourteen species. Highlights were: 10 Peaceful Doves perched on an elevated water pipe. 8 Grey-crowned Babblers. Pair of Red-capped Robins. At least one (maybe two) Restless Flycatchers. Six Cockatiels overhead. And a squashed Guinea Fowl on the entrance track. Nearby, a grey tabby cat in similar deflated condition, but replete with collar and bell.
" ... never send to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee, tabby cat." (Apologies to John Donne).
At a Wagga trash-and-treasure mart on Sunday, Sam bought ten old copies of Boobook for two dollars. It's a quarterly publication put out by The Australian Raptor Association. One copy had a hand-printed, adhesive label on the cover which read Boobook. Fair enough. But, Sami, being an inquisitive little ponytail, peeled away the label and discovered the original title had been printed as Boo-boo. We suspect the ARA promptly fired Dodo the printer.
John Layton.
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