Flowering and Frogmouths [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Subject: Flowering and Frogmouths [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 11:47:51 +1000

Hi Martin, I'm not sure if the issue of Me Tooism on the chatline has been decided in favour of the cessation of such postings.  I speculate that there is a good proportion of people who don't mind hearing of other sightings, even if they might be considered mundane to some, or a repeat of something similar.  I also suspect a strong sense of feeling that everyone should feel safe to post their observations without fear of negative judgement from elite opinion.  I concede that the finer detail of frogmouth nesting observations would be better going direct to you if you are preparing an article for Canberra Bird Notes.

Finally, I put forward the sentiment that encouraging posting of observations is more valuable to the group than the opposite, which could result in missing out on knowing what is being seen, especially if it is an influx - and a reminder that all such observations are ideally followed-up with the completion of an official COG observation record for the database.

Matthew Frawley

From: martin butterfield <>
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Date: 10/07/2009 10:51 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Flowering and Frogmouths

I was a tad late late joining the Meeting on Wednesday but noticed some discussion of flowering when I arrived.  It looks from the amount of buds around that the Red Box (Eucalyptus polyanthemos) around Carwoola are going to flower very vigorously this year.  (Last year it was mainly the Yellow Box E. meliodora that performed.)  Also today i noticed that some of out Mistletoes (Ameyema sp - probably pendula, from the timing) are in flower and the flowers are being knocked off.  It will be interesting to see if any of the mistletoe specialists turn up.

Earlier in the week our pair of Tawny Frogmouths appeared, roosting very close to their nest-site of last year.  If they do nest again I will attempt to monitor the site and write it up for Canberra Bird Notes.  If others with regularly visited sites cared to share their observations with me that would be welcome.  To avoid upsetting the members of Me Too it would probably be good if most of such updates came directly to me rather than to the chatline.


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