O'Connor Ridge

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Subject: O'Connor Ridge
From: Sue Lashko <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 12:00:26 +1100
I was out early this morning to beat the heat and to complete my regular myna survey of O'Connor Ridge.  I was not 5 metres from Dryandra St (where it meets Clianthus St) before I encountered Speckled Warblers with one DY, WT Treecreeper with 2 DY and about a dozen Double-barred Finches including juveniles.  Further up the ridge was a recently fledged Dollarbird sitting in the top of a dead tree with its sibling still firmly ensconced in a nesting hole about 50 metres away, but tentatively sticking its head out and giving an occasional call.  The parents were keeping a close eye on both.  3 very large chough chicks were overflowing their nest with at least 7 attendants nearby.  A young Kookaburra was practising, not very competently, its call and one parent was dashing back and forth with food.  There was also a fledged BFCS being fed by both parents.  Other goodies included OB Oriole, Sacred Kingfisher and 3 YT Black-Cockatoo.  It was great to see so much breeding activity - and no mynas.
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