eastern spinebill, exotics and butcher bird

Subject: eastern spinebill, exotics and butcher bird
From: jude hopwood <>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 16:36:16 +1000
Currawang: north east of Lake George, (east of Collector) - today, eastern spinebill using dead lily stalks to access penstemon flowers, then perching, fluttering up to pineapple sage flowers on weak stems, perching again, repeating.  All in between visiting a red and yellow abutilon.  I have not yet seen him visit the (flowering) correa a couple of feet away.  Probably does when not observed.  Are exotics known by these birds to be contraband? Two ES spend a lot of time in a mannifera euc close to a very large correa in full flower, calling a great deal of the time.  Have been doing so for some months.  Is it likely they will overwinter here?
Ours is all new growth plantings - ten years old at the most - and our first grey butcherbird sighting was directly under our noses - and that of two large dogs - to retrieve a sparrow from an abelia bush up against the house.
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