Re: Frogmouth on time

To: 'Geoffrey Dabb' <>, 'COG List' <>
Subject: Re: Frogmouth on time
From: Suzanne EDGAR <>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2018 07:02:57 +0000

There is a tawny in a magpie-like nest on what is colloquially known as Hawk Hill, Hughes; you drive down Kitchener St from the Hughes shops & stop @ the letter box, Bus stop & Scout Hall which are on yr left, park in there near hall; cross rd directly across fr there and walk a v few  metres up the slope: the tree w bird is on yr left.



From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Monday, 24 September 2018 4:32 PM
To: 'COG List' <>
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Re: Frogmouth on time


When I was driving past just now, the silhouette of a local magpie nest on the edge of Rocky Knob Neighbourhood Park showed an unmagpie-like occupant, which when seen more closely turned out to be the below.  The pair had previously nested in E cinerea street trees in Hamelin Cres.


I have friends who insist on calling these ‘owls’.  Their relationship to owls is far from certain. The Sibley/Ahlquist re-sort put them with owls in Strigiformes, still followed in IOC.  HBW/BLI elevates the owls to a much loftier twig in the avian tree, a view closer to that in Howard & Moore.  The recent decision to try for a reconciliation of the main lists {apart from HBW/BLI) will have to sort that out.  



From: Martin Butterfield <>
Sent: Monday, 24 September 2018 2:56 PM
To: COG List <>
Subject: [canberrabirds] Re: Frogmouth on time


At times I worry about my observational skills.   This morning coming back from our dog walk - within 30m of our house - i glanced at the ground and noticed a lot of whitewash at the foot of a spindly tree.  On looking up, there was the female Frogmouth.  


From the amount of guano she - and/or her partner - have spent quite a bit of time there.  And I would estimate I walk past this point, on average 6 times a day.  My only defence is that she was rather more camouflaged by foliage than usual.





On Mon, 24 Sep 2018 at 05:55, Martin Butterfield <> wrote:

I used the average time 'my' pair of Tawny Frogmouths spend building their nest (16 days) as a predictor of when the male would commence brooding   That indicated he'd assume the position this morning: and so he did.


This has surprised me a little as the pair's behaviour has changed this year.  They seem to have found a new daytime roost site in 2018 as, while I had seen them a few times after dark, hunting on our lawn, I didn't find during the day until 25 August.  Since that date they have usually roosted in a tree close to the nest site but have never roosted snuggled together,  The male has usually perched on a small dead branch about 50cm above the female.  As this behaviour is very different to the past I have speculated that one of the previous pair has died and a new partner acquired.  (As the have used the same nest site - with plenty of, to me, similar alternative sites available in the area - I have assumed at least one of them is of the pair that has roosted here in the past.



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