Major Mitchell cockatoos in Woden Valley

To: "Denis Wilson" <>, <>
Subject: Major Mitchell cockatoos in Woden Valley
From: "Jack and Andrea Holland" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 17:45:04 +1000
Denis, there has been a lone Major Mitchell Cockatoo on the Southside for about 6 years now, apart from an unexplained absence of about 20 months a couple of years ago.  Though it flies freely and has survived in the wild for quite some time, it has generally been thought of as an aviary escapee,
It is regularly seen accompanying the Sulphur-cresteds and sometimes Corellas (but not Galahs) in the Chapman/Duffy area, though I haven't seen it for a few weeks, which might be explained by their being seen around Deakin.  
However, I've never seen more than one together, though occasionally I've suspected there to be two from separate sightings within quick relatively succession.
There have been reports of breeding activity, including on this chat line, but usually in association with a sulphur-crested.  On a number of occasions I have seen the bird very noisily inspecting nest holes in gums at the end of Kathner St, Chapman
The sighting of up to 4 birds together is a new development, and unclear whether the result of an influx or a breeding event, though more likely the former.
Jack Holland  
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