Pied butcherbird

Subject: Pied butcherbird
From: Joanne Kinsella <>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:25:50 +1000
This clears it up for me, thanks Sandra. We're probably seeing the same birds. There's a lot to learn from bird watching with a group of people and hopefully I will be able to do so again soon.

Cheers, Jo

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From: sandra henderson <>
Date:16/08/2014 13:30 (GMT+10:00)
To: Joanne Kinsella <>
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Pied butcherbird

I've never seen a pied butcherbird in Canberra - there are a couple of grey butcherbirds in Wanniassa that I hear daily and see occasionally. I am planning to go and look for the pied near the film and sound archive so I can add one to my ACT list!  We did see one this morning at Brindabella Hills winery near Hall, but the winery is in NSW, so nice to see but couldn't add it to my ACT bird list

Sandra h

On Saturday, August 16, 2014, Joanne Kinsella <> wrote:
Hi everyone. Please excuse my ignorance but is it unusual to see a Pied Butcherbird in Canberra this time of year? There's been one hanging around Wanniassa for the last 2 or 3 weeks that I started noticing. Have seen it in my backyard and heard it calling around the locale. Didn't think it was worth mentioning.

Cheers, Joanne

Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:28:46 +1000
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Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Pied butcherbird

Harvey's message, and a comment by Ian Fraser on my blog, caused me to check out the COG Birdinfo page about the species.   Two particularly interesting snippets there are this map of sightings around 'Canberra

and the chart of reporting rates.

On 16 August 2014 09:23, Harvey Perkins <m("')","_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','hdpphd");;" target="_blank">> wrote:
And having been around that long it was unlikely not to still be there after work yesterday. So I went and twitched it at 17:20 h though it did take me half an hour to find it. It was in a mostly leafless oak tree in the small car park to the east of the National Film & Sound Archive building, about 50 m from where Martin saw it, and it flew across McCoy Cct to some other bare trees beside an old low building.

While looking for the butcherbird, I was attracted by several noisy Noisy Miners to a tree on the (western) corner of Liversidge Street and Ellery Crescent in which an Eastern Barn Owl was trying to avoid attention (17:15 h). It would wobble / shiver from side to side quite noticeably when being mobbed but was otherwise very calm and not prepared to move.


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