New bird in garden

To: Mark Clayton <>, "" <>
Subject: New bird in garden
From: Jack & Andrea Holland <>
Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2018 07:13:21 +0000
Mark, that is remarkable, your first record is a breeding one.

While there is likely to be a bower within a km or so, it could actually be
further away as my most recent summary of breeding in Canberra of this
species suggests (CBN  28, p96 (2003)).

There have been further breeding records since then including of dependent
young in my GBS site.  In my experience dy are very quiet and you have to
look very carefully to actually see them being fed.  I put this down to the
female having to do all the nest building, brooding and feeding/defending
the fledglings.

Thanks to Denise I now have information including a photo of the SBB in
Giralang, but I've yet to hear about Gungahlin.


Jack Holland

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Clayton
Sent: Friday, February 2, 2018 1:57 PM
To: Jack & Andrea Holland ; 
Subject: New bird in garden

Following on from my message this morning, and in reply to Jack's
message, I can now confirm that there are 2 SB in the yard. One is an
obvious juvenile bird bred in the past breeding season, the other a
probable adult female. My wife has managed a few photos of the female,
which was the original bird reported this morning.

Denise's reply to me and the chat line (it appears that she had a few
goes at getting her message out) was that she was losing the green
tomatoes from her bushes, similar to what happened last year when she
saw the birds for the first time and assumed that her bowerbirds were
back again this year. The record is now on my GBS chart.


On 2/02/2018 12:55 PM, Jack & Andrea Holland wrote:
> 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
> Gungahlin.
> 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
> To: 
> Subject: [canberrabirds] 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.
> Mark
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