Nest and Egg Identification

To: 'Graeme Clifton' <>, 'COG List' <>
Subject: Nest and Egg Identification
From: Mark Clayton <>
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2018 08:35:44 +0000



From the description of the nest and eggs, you have a Silvereye. I have yet to see a Black Swan nest in a tree and besides, their eggs are white fading rapidly to grungy white. Good guess though!!




From: Graeme Clifton [
Sent: Tuesday, 9 January 2018 4:34 PM
To: COG List
Subject: [canberrabirds] Nest and Egg Identification


This email is an attempt to drag several of you away from your fixation with Koels.


I have discovered a nest with 3 recently laid blue/green eggs in our orchard.  The nest looks very similar to a Yellow Faced Honeyeaters nest but Beruldsen's book indicates its eggs are pinkish white.


I have eliminated Glossy Ibis, Blackbird, Starling and Black Swan, which all may have bluish eggs, for various reasons.


My best guess is Silvereye.  Any other opinions/ideas?


Graeme Clifton


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