Female Satin BowerBird - Kambah

To: "'djflotek flotek'" <>, <>
Subject: Female Satin BowerBird - Kambah
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 09:52:08 +1100
Sorry, I made a big mistake. I meant "though far fewer now than in the winter". (Too many things in my head.) Can I guess you are in the east side of Kambah........ Their spread across Drakeford drive seems to have delayed the eastwards advance of Satin Bowerbirds (on average) by several years. Apart from the usual parrots, magpies & currawongs, over the past several years, the Satin Bowerbirds are the most numerous and obvious birds in my GBS area throughout the winter. Curiously the sample GBS Chart in The GBS report (that was for year 18 at my site) notes only 1 SBB for the whole year, on week 32. I could look it up but I believe that was the first SBB for my GBS and, i.e. my first was in August 1998. 
As for my neighbour's house, it has been vacant since easter, since the owner nearly died there and was collapsed on the floor for several days before he was found after a friend could not contact him by phone and he was rescued by police & ambulance. The house was a "pigsty" and has had to be internally gutted and rebuilt. He had never been in his back garden for at least 30 years (the weeds were so thick it wasn't possible to get out the back door, nor had he ever opened the house windows or curtains in at least the 29 years that I have been his neighbour). I and some of his friends spent weeks cleaning up the place. The house including his beds had a healthy rat population. So the property is now a building site. Sorry this is all irrelevant, apart from that it reduces the birds around my home a lot.......  
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From: djflotek flotek [
Sent: Monday, 29 December 2014 9:15 AM
To: Philip Veerman;
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Female Satin BowerBird - Kambah

Wow. I didn't know. It's a first for me, seeing one around here.
It's a shame when people cut everything down and put nothing in its place, or even concrete.

I accept your emigrant Bowerbird(s) duly!

To: ;
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Female Satin BowerBird - Kambah
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 09:00:33 +1100

I have them in Kambah through the year though far fewer now than in the summer. There is an all blue bird still here, that I saw this morning when I went out to investigate having heard a Spotted Turtle-Dove (that I saw briefly). My population of bowerbirds has diminished greatly since my neighbour's large impenetrable jungle garden (which for years housed a bower) was transformed into bare "scorched earth" by the new owners in August.
-----Original Message-----
From: djflotek flotek [
Sent: Monday, 29 December 2014 8:50 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Female Satin BowerBird - Kambah

It has been hanging about for a while. I think it's keen on the fruit trees and shrubs in the area.
Haven't seen any others. Just the Female. The wattle birds don't like it.
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