Hello John. I just found a little piece of egg shell under my other active Striated Pardalote nest box that I think is evidence of another clutch hatching.
Subject: RE: Striated Pardalote chicks in Aranda 29-1-14
Hello John, Were the ones in your grand-daughter’s hanging pot Striateds or Spotted Pardalotes?
Congratulations Peter on hatching some S Pardalote chicks!
The ones which hatched successfully at my grand-daughters place were in a hanging pot, one of those with a gap at the bottom to allow water to trickle out and fill the saucer. The birds entered through that gap. Of course everyone gave up watering the plant after that!
I heard chicks cheeping faintly when I put my ear near the pardalotes’ nest box after an adult went in this morning.
I watched the nest box 10.44am to 10.55am. Adults went in at 1 to 4min intervals and stayed in 15 to 65 secs. While the adults were coming and going 3 other Striated Pardalotes were hovering around and inspecting the nest box.
The nest box consists of a section of hollow log 27cm long and 11cm outside dia. The inside dia averages about 9cm wide with the walls 1 to 1.5cm thick. The entrance is through a piece of plywood with a 25mm hole (to exclude sparrows) tacked over a natural hole in the side near one end. (I and my son who is pretty smartphone savvy can’t download pics from my Aldi’s Clarion smartphone otherwise I’d attach one).
I have an active Striated Pardalote hollow under my eaves. A pardalote went in about 8.30am today and stayed in for 5min+. I’ll let you know if I hear cheeping from it in the coming weeks.
A bit late but could be second breeding. Last Year, the pardalotes on my granddaughter’s back verandah lost their first brood . For unknown reasons the young were found dead on the ground. Within a couple of weeks they were breeding again, this time successfully.
Yes, before people jump in, I know they might not have been the same ones but they have been coming for years. Anyway, even if they were a different breeding pair, it was still in January.
This morning I observed a group of 4 striated pardalotes, of which at least 2 were inspecting a hole in a what I think was a White Gum on Bruce Ridge. It seems a bit late to start breeding doesn't it? Although the guide does say September to February. None of the birds fully entered the hollow. Maybe they were just feeding? I wondered if it was a family of four. However, they all appeared to be adults birds.. The birds that I photographed visiting the hole all appear to be 2+ adults, and would have thought the young would disperse soon after fledging?