Re: RE: [canberrabirds] Koel fledglings

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Subject: Re: RE: [canberrabirds] Koel fledglings
From: Susanne Gardiner <>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:57:04 +0000
We've had a Koel fledgeling since Monday last week - so about 10 days, fed by Red Wattlebirds. The first one in years. 

Both male and female Koels were still calling on the weekend. 

North Ainslie


On Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 8:43:34 am AEDT, Dr David Rosalky <> wrote:

The fledgling at my place is sticking around.  I first noticed it on 26 January.  Yesterday it came right down in our yard drinking from a water barrel and then spent the rest of the day in a Chinese elm in our yard.  When the RWB foster parents are nearby, they are very protective and growl at me.  I feel like explaining to them the facts of life, but I suspect they wouldn’t be interested.




From: Philip Veerman [
Sent: Wednesday, 14 February 2018 8:32 AM
To: 'Jack & Andrea Holland' <>;
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Koel fledglings


Update: Just in the last half hour, I have my first Koel fledgling for the year in my GBS Site. Indeed only 1 metre from my bedroom window. Calling that persistent slow “weep” call. It is mostly grown to independent size and with a tail is more than half grown, so not a very recent nest leaver. Being my first notice I expect it has come from outside my GBS area. Are Koel chicks noisy in the nest or only when they leave?



(in Kambah)


From: Philip Veerman [m("","pveerman");" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">]
Sent: Friday, 19 January, 2018 4:22 PM
To: 'Jack & Andrea Holland'
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Koel fledglings


Same for me so far, even though there are several adults yelling here every morning and have been for weeks. I have not seen any young ones this year. Not that I am out that much but I am home for most of every day. Only a small number of RW nestings and only RW chicks.






Not me.

We have not had a Koel fledgling in our bit of Turner. What is more, the very large amounts of Koel noise  we had over Christmas/New Year has now subsided substantially.  I was attempt to insert 'music' but that would be poetic licence.




On 1/19/2018 4:03 PM, Jack & Andrea Holland wrote:

After the flurry of postings after Xmas/early New Year there has been a lull of reporting of new Koel fledglings.  I’m not sure if this reflects few being found or if they are not being reported due to koel fledgling saturation syndrome.


I strongly suspect the latter as I now have 6 in Rivett/Chapman, after finding 2 within 75 m of each other this morning in a spot where I’ve now had them 3 years out of the last 4.  RWB confirmed host for one, and likely for the second.


Diana White has found at least 5 fledgling in a small area around her place in Narrabundah, and the one she reported originally has now been present in her garden for 22 days.


The above comprises over half of the 20 or so fledglings I’m aware of to date.


So if you have been observing koel fledglings but haven’t been reporting them on the chat line for fear of being branded a “me too”, I’d be very happy if you sent the details directly to me.


Many thanks


Jack Holland


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