Laundry Lists

Subject: Laundry Lists
From: Milburns <>
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 21:59:27 +1000
Recently, Philip suggested that the mundane process of hanging out and retrieving laundry was a prime opportunity for making GBS observations. I could not agree more and have always had my binoculars around my neck when doing the same. Over the years I think that the most extreme observation I have made during this process was 4 Purple-crowned Lorikeets overflying Watson Street, Turner in about 1988 (from memory). This resulted in my disappearing onto the ANU campus and eventually relocating the birds but facing the problem of explaining why it had taken me 2 hours to hang out the washing!

Over this last weekend I observed Restless Flycatcher, Willie Wagtail (only a handful of records per year in this particular GBS) and a male Collared Sparrowhawk while doing the weekly chores. It occurred to me that it might be fun to compile a laundry list and compare notes with those with this shared experience. Actually, tending the veggie patch is also a fairly good way of compiling GBS records (binoculars to be worn at all times) but it doesn't really compare with laundry hanging. I think that laundry hanging wins out because it tends to be a morning/evening activity and usually clothes lines are overhead.

The Milburns
42 Bundey Street
ACT 2615

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