some Ainslie observations

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Subject: some Ainslie observations
From: "Steve Holliday" <>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 08:23:49 +1000

Hi Jack


I walk through this area quite regularly and see what is presumably the same mixed flock (or flocks), Grey Fantail has been present occasionally but not R Whistler, so I would hazard a guess that the latter is most likely a new arrival. Have seen Grey Fantail in the ANBG in the last couple of weeks also.




From: Jack and Andrea Holland [
Sent: Sunday, 9 August 2009 9:56 PM
To: Steve Holliday;
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] some Ainslie observations


Steve, some interesting sightings. 


You might wonder whether the Rufous Whistler and the Grey Fantail have overwintered, or are among the first spring arrivals.  I favour the former (very little spring activity so far, at least in my patch) though others may disagree.  I did get a number of reports of the Grey Fantail for our winter birds bus trip on 19 July, and to my surprise we saw at least 3, possibly 4, one the day, the only ones I've seen this winter.


Jack Holland

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Sent: Sunday, August 09, 2009 4:18 PM

Subject: [canberrabirds] some Ainslie observations


A single Yellow-tufted Honeyeater continues to put in an occasional appearance despite a hormonal wattlebird’s best efforts to chase it (and everything else) out of our garden. YTHE is now on our GBS chart for 6 weeks in a row.


During a walk on Mt Ainslie earlier today Suzi Bond showed Prue and I a frogmouth roost, although we could only find one bird. We then checked a different roost we knew of a few hundred metres away where there were 2 more frogmouths.


Elsewhere on the walk, a male Rufous Whistler was a bit of a surprise. We also saw a Scarlet Robin, Brown-headed and Fuscous Honeyeaters, Speckled Warblers, Yellow Thornbills, and a Grey Fantail. Galahs and rosellas were investigating hollows and Noisy Miners nest building.




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