Some good news -

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Subject: Some good news -
From: Suzanne EDGAR <>
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2020 02:53:29 +0000


We have been in the mtns {Sawpit Creek]; on our 1st morn in the bush we drove down & parked in the ski tube car pk; I walked down the shady lane beside the  trickling creek on my right; was heading for Bullock’s Hut near the Little Thredbo R. Along the way I was astounded to glimpse, drinking from that same stream a Latham’s Snipe!! Sadly, I startled `it’ & it quickly ran up the slope & away but I was fair flabbergasted  to see such a bird there & then (& so v much further from Japan! ) Though of course Slater confirms.


On our last morning, same region but a little further away,  on opposite side of the river from said Hut I found a `Hotel tree’.  In the upper area of an old tree’s trunk a flame robin was coming & going catching dragon flies, `butchering’ them, etc & feeding his mate. She was mostly ensconced in or near their nest in a hollow  section of the tree but once she came out on her `verandah ‘ branch to receive his food parcel & then disappeared with it into the dark (unseen ) nest within. Once before some yrs ago i’d watched similar proceedings in similar spot but that time in a smaller deciduous hawthorn tree.
Anyway, this yr, at the base of the hotel tree, there was another dark & larger hollow section; a spotted pardalote was in & out of that, clearly on her way to her own nesting burrow deep inside the crumbly trunk.


[last yr I saw a rose robin, m.,  in this vicinity.]


Less happily, husband caught no trout there.


Happy b watching to all & see youse at the Members’ Night.



From: Danny McCreadie [
Sent: Tuesday, 24 December 2019 4:45 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Some good news - Young Woodswallows


It appears the Woodswallows are still raising young despite the conditions. 3 in this nest, there are other nests nearby.



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