white-cheeked honey eaters

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Subject: white-cheeked honey eaters
From: Suzanne EDGAR <>
Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2017 02:13:44 +0000

There’s been some talk of these recently & I was lucky to see a busy crowd of them @ Dudley Reserve sth of Newcastle  last week; a treat, as it was my first sight since seeing one in similar region c. 20 odd yrs ago.


Where else could I possibly ‘publish’ the following blush-inducing





The magpies on our windowsill

Are dear familiar birds

And listen when my husband plays

A song with lilting chords.


There’s one of them, Sir Walter by name,

Who loves the livelier tunes:

He fluffs his feathers into a ruff

As if about to croon.


Instead he drops a glistening plop

From modestly lowered bum

Then warbles off a bar or two,

A sort of magpie hum.


Sue Edgar





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