New bird in garden

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Subject: New bird in garden
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2018 04:23:17 +0000
Like most birds, they do disperse. Two days ago I was driving Tuggeranong 
Parkway (TP) from Kambah to Woden and just before the Woden turnoff, I saw a 
fully blue male SBB flying over TP from Stirling onto Mt Taylor. Seeing that is 
not a first for me. What is so strange is how slow historically this species 
has been at spreading from the west and south suburbs of Canberra to the other 
side. The Satin Bowerbird has been a regular common species in my GBS for about 
25 years, including with active bowers for most of those years, being present 
even in summer and among the most common species by number in winter. Apart 
from the obvious restrictions applying to waterbirds, I think this species, 
plus Superb Parrot and Gang-Gang Cockatoo are the only ones with major 
distributional inequalities across Canberra.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jack & Andrea Holland 
Sent: Friday, 2 February, 2018 12:56 PM
To: ; Mark Clayton
Subject: New bird in garden

Mark and chat line subscribers,

This is a species in which I have had an interest for many years and have
published a number of papers in CBN, including a joint paper with Philip
Veerman about the spread of this species through the Canberra suburbs (CBN,
25, p49 (2000))

I updated the further spread several times up to about 2003, and since then
had noted its apparent spread throughout Belconnen.

However, I'm not clear about whether this includes Giralang and Kaleen and
would be interested if this could be clarified (unfortunately Denise Kay's
message in response does not seem to contain any text).

I'd also be interested if the Satin Bowerbird has been recorded in

I'm happy to take responses directly to me only.

Jack Holland

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Clayton
Sent: Friday, February 2, 2018 10:12 AM
Subject: New bird in garden

Good morning all,

I was rather surprised to see a "green" Satin Bowerbird in my Kaleen
garden this morning at about 10:00. It was feeding on the ground in an
area where I throw a few food scraps and a bit of seed to keep the local
Crested Pigeons interested. This is the first time in over 40 years
living here that I have recorded the species locally but I think that
Denise Kay has had them in her Giralang garden. I don't know if they
have been recorded in the Gungahlin area yet.


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