Frogmouths in Chifley

To: Sue-Ellen and Ray <>
Subject: Frogmouths in Chifley
From: martin butterfield <>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:48:04 +1000

My guess is that they will nest somewhere reasonably close to their roost tree.   If both birds are together during the day, the first egg has not yet been laid.

In the attached image (which I will to the blogpost shortly) the tree marked 1 is the first which they used (for three years).  During that period they roosted in the tree marked 2, which according to Google Earth is 31m away

Last year they shifted the nest to the tree marked A, which is where they look to be building this year.  Their current favourite roost is the tree marked B which is again, according to Google Earth, 31m away.  

I suggest that if you keep your eye on the birds sometime soon you find that only one of them is in their normal position.  That will be the female and at that point search the nearby trees for the male who  will be sitting on the nest.  This seems to be typically in a horizontal fork in a substantial branch of a Eucalypt.  Both of the nest trees at our place have been Yellow Box (E. meliodora) but I think they will use other tree species.

Hope this helps.  


On 30 August 2012 11:17, Sue-Ellen and Ray <> wrote:
Martin – I have found the email string on the Tawnies very interesting. You may be able to help me a bit more. My duo who have been roosting basically within the same tree for the past twelve months on O’Connor Ridge. They were there again this morning but no sign of nesting activity. Do your records show that these birds set up house in the same vicinity as their roosting spot. I recall that last season there were babies in the this area(maybe the same crew !!) but I did not get to the stage of finding a nest.
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2012 10:48 AM
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Frogmouths in Chifley
As usual when one makes a big statement about matters natural, Nature proves you wrong.  I went and gave the nest site a thorough check this morning and found that considerable refurbishment has happened.  An image is at   I now expect the laying to occur within the next few days.

On 30 August 2012 06:55, martin butterfield <> wrote:
Consulting my records, over the past 3 years, of the pair resident in our garden the male has "assumed the position" on the nest between 2 and 7 September - ie within the next week.  However thus far I have not spotted evidence of nest building in the site they used last year, so either 
  • they are moving house (although they are using a roost close to last years nest very frequently); 
  • the nest is going to be built very quickly  (in 2010 it took 2 weeks); or
  • they are going to have a late start (in 2008 the male moved on to the nest in early October)

Martin Butterfield


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