Re: FW: [canberrabirds] Lapwings, Chats and Robins

To: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Subject: Re: FW: [canberrabirds] Lapwings, Chats and Robins
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2015 04:36:55 +0000
Thanks Geoffrey. 

While they are a 'usual' species on the Plain, no-one had reported them for the month of July so I have updated my monthly report.

They are one of several species that get good value out of the hawthorns.  While they certainly build their breeding nests in them  have also seen them (and Diamond Firetails) build Winter-comfort nests in Crategus.


On 3 August 2015 at 14:21, Geoffrey Dabb <> wrote:

In addition, possibly,  to the species mentioned these fencebirds were on the watery ground and obstructing the view of the lapwings the other day.  Showing signs of nesting in the hawthorns at that spot





From: Martin Butterfield [
Sent: Monday, 3 August 2015 2:04 PM
To: COG List
Subject: [canberrabirds] Lapwings, Chats and Robins


This morning I went over to Hoskinstown to check on the Banded Lapwing situation.  I had planned to ride my bike over there but the weather contraindicated that approach.  As did the 60cm of water flowing very swiftly across Briars-Sharrow Rd.  I went via Foxlow - anyone coming from Canberra on 3 August should come via Bungendore.  (The amount of water coming under Foxlow Bridge was a lot lower today than yesterday so I suspect BS Rd will be clear by  tomorrow.)


I found 2 Banded Lapwings down by the road perhaps a little further North than usual and heard another two up the hill.  I also heard (initially) and then saw 2 White-fronted Chats foraging around on the very damp ground close to the road.  There were a lot  - I wrote down 10 as a conservative estimate - of Flame Robins also in this damp patch and perching on the various fences.


I then went to Mount Ainslie to check for the Pink Robin.  I got an apparent response to a playback of the calls from the Pizzey and Knight app but no sighting whatever.




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