Spring things 'n' wing things.

To: "Canberra Birds" <>
Subject: Spring things 'n' wing things.
From: "John Layton" <>
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 11:42:01 +1000

Spring has sprung the grass has ris

I wonder where da boidies is?


The Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike boidies – at least three of them, anyway – were tearing heck-for-cowhide around the refined end of Holt every time I went outdoors yesterday. When one landed on a crossbar the others would swoop at it until it took off again and the mad game of chase would continue. Two resplendent male Common Blackbirds were trying to banish one another from the area the morning. There’s usually a third individual involved in such territorial altercations but not of late so hope this isn’t a harbinger of a permanent decline. See, from casual observation blackbird numbers appear to have declined around here in recent years. Maybe that’s just because of drought, John Stanhope’s water restrictions and lack of earthworms near the surface of the soil, and Terdus merula has moved to greener fields and softer ground for a while. Anyone noticed if my sable friends appear to have increased in the moister ranges to Canberra’s south and west?


John K. Layton


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