CollaredSparrowhawks anyone?

To: "'Canberrabirds'" <>
Subject: CollaredSparrowhawks anyone?
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: 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 anyway.  g


From: Alison and Peter [
Sent: Friday, 14 August 2009 10:50 AM
To: Canberrabirds
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] CollaredSparrowhawks anyone?


Hi John,


I've 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 pairs?




Peter Miller

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Sent: Friday, August 14, 2009 9:08 AM

Subject: [canberrabirds] CollaredSparrowhawks anyone?


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.


John Layton.


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