New Member, Satin Bowerbirds, King Parrots, Flame or Scarlet Robin

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Subject: New Member, Satin Bowerbirds, King Parrots, Flame or Scarlet Robin
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:00:34 +1000

I'm new to COG and this list.  I live in Uriarra Village.  In the past week 
notable new birds visiting my garden and around my house are King Parrots 
flying into Blue Gum trees, two Satin Bowerbirds feeding on my Pink Lady apples 
and exploring my vegetable patch, and either a Flame or Scarlet Robin (I didn't 
know how to tell the difference at the time - just noticed the white on it's 
head and red breast - but I've since looked up all the useful info on your site 
so if I see it again I'll have a better shot at identifying it properly) in and 
around the branches I use for pea trellis.  Plovers have recently returned and 
started hanging around an area they use for breeding every year.

Crimson rosellas have been eating seed from the garden.  Superb Fairy Wrens 
nested in the garden last season and I suspect they are hiding amongst some 
Hakeas right down the back of the garden but I'm not going to look around too 
much as I don't want to disturb them.  A year or so ago I had a Red Capped 
Robin sitting on my stock fence just outside my window one day.  Red Rumped 
parrots feed on the grassy weedy areas of the garden.  Yellow tailed black 
cockatoos fly overhead down to the river in the morning and back up to the 
mountains at night.  A heron (I'm not certain what species) comes to a 
sometimes boggy wet area of Themeda nearby.  At dusk the local Kookaburras 
laugh.  There are eagles that I often see soaring above Mount MacDonald and as 
I drove to town one morning as I drove up out of the Murrumbidgee area an eagle 
(I think a Wedgetailed eagle but maybe a Little Eagle - certainly a large eagle 
type bird) flew at window level directly across the road in front of my car and 
it was carrying a squirming small rat or small marsupial in its claws.  I could 
have touched it had I been able to reach out the window (thankfully I didn't 
hit it with the car which would have been terrible!).  Willy Wagtails come to 
the garden regularly and we have many other bird visitors at different times of 
the year - many of which are too small and fast for me to identify with their 
less colourful plumage.  We have common house sparrows too I think so I need to 
figure out how best not to encourage them but keep all the others.

We've been trying to make sure our garden has lots of foods for insects and 
different types of birds as well as fresh water - it's great seeing more life 
come into what was a bare block just over two years ago.

I look forward to meeting you all at the next meetings and learning a lot about 

Kind Regards
Cassandra Walker

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