Speckled Warblers breeding

To: "'Canberra Birds'" <>
Subject: Speckled Warblers breeding
From: "Jack & Andrea Holland" <>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2014 18:04:37 +1000
Very interesting Steve, as it’s one of the very few breeding records posted on this chat line this autumn.  In my May Gang-gang column I had come to the conclusion that the rain hadn’t triggered breeding that I would have expected based on similar rain events in the past 10 years or so.
Jack Holland
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2014 8:12 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Speckled Warblers breeding

During a walk on the western slopes of Mt Ainslie yesterday morning, Prue and I found a pair of Speckled Warblers with 2 fledglings. The young birds looked straight off the nest to me – very clumsy, with rudimentary tails and little bits of down sticking out of their heads. In the COG atlas there is a record of a nest with young in April, and I think there was a late record last year too. A long breeding season considering they start in winter, the good rains in early autumn may be the cause. Or perhaps it’s a regular occurrence and just hasn’t been noticed very often.


Also of interest, 3 or 4 Fuscous Honeyeaters and a couple of brown Rose Robins.



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