Rose Robin, Hawker. GBSs

To: boy nature <>
Subject: Rose Robin, Hawker. GBSs
From: martin butterfield <>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2011 17:09:05 +1000
A pity you didn't GBS in Weetangera.  It is just as important to have reports from - using your word - pathetic gardens as from the bonanzas lurking on the edge of Canberra Nature Park.  And of course anything in between.

See me at the June Meeting to get your chart for Next Year in Hawker (good movie title that!)


On Thu, May 19, 2011 at 4:54 PM, boy nature <> wrote:
Yesterday was the first time i've seen a rose robin in the garden in Hawker.
I've only rarely seen a scarlet robin (~5 times) in the garden, so a rose robin was very special.
Also saw a grey fantail, 6 king parrots, golden whistler female. Plus 17 fairy wrens in a fight, which are all rare for this site, plus many thornbills and pardalotes in an MFF.
I've recently seen 3 spinebills, silvereyes every dusk (30-40), pardalotes (10-20 mainly spotted), up to 16 crimson rosellas and 28 currawongs, and 2 ravens. 2 scrubwrens and 2 brown thornbills. Interesting recent obs have been a very loud boobook on 30/4/11 and 3 fruit bats, a butcherbird (pretty rare for here) and oriole quite late , no common mynas.
A crescent honeyeater last autumn, and a pair of tawny frogmouths over christmas.

Ive just moved from Weetangera- The garden there was so pathetic I didnt even consider it as a GBS. A shame really. Because it was so different. I often recorded up to 12 Crested Pigeons (CP), 1 Koel almost every day over summer with 3 being max, 6 sparrows, 2 rainbow lorikeets passed over every morning (Heading E) and back over most dusks. Kookaburras: 2-3 most days, 6 superb parrots (summer), 4-12 eastern rosellas, king parrots were common (up to 30), 2-4 gang gangs sporadically. spotted doves a few times, common mynas (usually 2-6), starlings (~10 most days).
4 Dollarbirds (2 adults & 2 dy) came for a few days in Autumn,  rainbow bee-eaters passing over in spring.
Currawongs were rare.


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