"Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Fri, 14 Aug 2009 11:21:02 +1000
Peter - Nest probably not started yet. HANZAB
says ‘no quantitative data on size of territories’ but notes one
pair in ne NSW ‘used most of 1.7 x 1.2km block of forest’.
Also refers to Metcalf pieces in CBN where ‘nests found as close
[to one another] as 1.5km near Canberra’. I would concentrate
on 1km radius looking particularly at mistletoe clumps and any Pinus radiata
plantings. I think Bill Mannan’s team may want to take a look
From: Alison and Peter
Sent: Friday, 14 August 2009 10:50 AM
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] CollaredSparrowhawks anyone?
seen a Collared Sparrowhawk three times in the last 10 days just around our
house- French St. Hackett. The first time it was in hot pursuit of I
think a Crimson Rosella which looked to be as big if not bigger than it. The
other two times just circling overhead hunting. Must have a nest nearby
but I don't know a) where or b) how big a territory they usually occupy so to
what area I should limit my searching given Geoffrey's earlier request for
Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, August 14,
2009 9:08 AM
Has anyone seen Collared Sparrowhawks round the Canberra
burbs of late? Used to see them a couple of times a year in the Holt yard
and was always amazed by how trusting these little hunters were, tolerated a
really close approach. Often perched very close to houses too. But alas,
nary a one for about three years.
And last year no Silvereyes came by, but
happily, yesterday morning there was a group of ~ 6 gleaning among almond
blossoms. Used to be some interest/excitement when we identified the
southern Victorian and Tasmanian race, but the ones seen this morning were
Canberra birds. I know because one mentioned they were having a flex day.
The flowering plums outside my bedroom window are about to burst into blossom.
These are usually a big Silvereye drop-in centre, and I can lie in bed and
watch them. See Big Mal got it wrong, life was meant to be easy.
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