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

To: "'John Harris'" <>, <>
Subject: New Member, Satin Bowerbirds, King Parrots, Flame or Scarlet Robin
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:08:41 +1000
Nice response. Probably a generational thing: "nothing beats studying the
COG site and consulting a good field guide, paper or app". Maybe true but
not my experience. Of course I grew up in this interest in the 1970s when
websites were unknown and I am still not sure what an app is or how to get
one, as I don't have any. I think nothing beats going out with others, who
do know stuff and being shown a few things, combined with working it out for
yourself. The books are much better now than in the 1970s. Become familiar
with the local and national reference sources (i.e. books)


-----Original Message-----
From: John Harris 
Sent: Friday, 24 April 2015 4:57 PM
Cc: chatline
Subject: New Member, Satin Bowerbirds, King Parrots,
Flame or Scarlet Robin

Hi Cassandra,
Welcome to COG.
I am a newish member myself for only a couple of years despite a lifelong
interest in birds and I have appreciated belonging. You are lucky to live
somewhere like Uriarra where there will be a wide range of bird life.
There¹s plenty of people on the COG chatline who will help you with ID but
nothing beats studying the COG site and consulting a good field guide, paper
or app (which you no doubt do already)! If you haven¹t done so already, I
suggest you get the Garden Bird Survey chart and start listing your weekly
sightings. It is a very helpful piece of discipline and forces you to ID
birds and once you know them you know them. And the data goes into our store
of ACT bird knowledge. Cheers John

On 24/04/2015 1:00 pm, "" <>

>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 birds.
>Kind Regards
>Cassandra Walker
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