Close encounters of the Gang-gang kind

To: 'COG-L' <>
Subject: Close encounters of the Gang-gang kind
From: Steve Read <>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2016 11:47:02 +0000

I live in Lyons, and have been hearing Gang-gangs most mornings for the last few weeks. But while my sons Lach and Ben were in the back garden with me this morning, getting our bikes organised for the ride to school and work, we had the closest sighting yet.


Four Gang-gangs flew into the garden and landed in the trees. Two had red heads and crests (so were presumably males), two did not; one of the birds without a red head had a yellow-orange tint to the belly. The birds were calling softly to each other. Then one of the males flew across and landed on a branch only a couple of feet above my head, and we made eye contact. He looked directly at me and ‘talked’ quietly in the way of parrots. I answered, of course, saying something silly such as “Good morning, nice to see you”. This lasted for a minute or so, then the male flew down to an even lower branch near Lach, passing within inches over my head, looked at Lach, and continued to make ‘talking’ noises. All of us were enthralled for the few minutes that this bird was interacting with us. Then the moment passed, and all four Gang-gangs took off over the fence.


Nice way to start the day.




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