what a ruckus!

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Subject: what a ruckus!
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2020 13:55:58 +0000

Thanks for that. It would seem likely that just one bird accounts for those sightings that are close in date & place. Mark, Sue & I think Michael all suggested theirs was a male, which suggests a sort of easy decision. My view was brief but if there are equal numbers of M & F and if I had to decide, on size, the one I saw was a female. It was not a lot smaller than the cockatoos. Even so, they could be a pair, sort of travelling into our area together.




From: Mark Clayton [
Sent: Tuesday, 14 April, 2020 10:23 PM
Subject: Fwd: Re: [canberrabirds] what a ruckus!


Meant to send this to the group, not just Sue.


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Re: [canberrabirds] what a ruckus!


Tue, 14 Apr 2020 21:02:43 +1000


Mark Clayton


Sue Lashko

We are either seeing an irruption of white morph Grey  Goshawks males or there is one doing the rounds of North Lyneham, Kaleen and Giralang. Sue's bird is potentially the same one as Cook is not that far as the goshawk flies from those three suburbs. Philip's bird is a long way from this side of town but who knows .......??!!


On 14/04/2020 7:30 pm, Sue Lashko wrote:

This afternoon I was taking my daily exercise at the back of Cook when I heard a cacophony of sound and the sight of magpies, Noisy Miners and Magpie-larks flying in and out of a eucalypt.  Closer investigation revealed a white morph Grey Goshawk with a starling clutched to its breast while it balanced on its other leg on an open branch.  A butcherbird and a kookaburra were watching from neighbouring trees, perhaps hoping the goshawk would drop its catch, but they had no luck as they goshawk flew, with a band of escorts, about 50 metres to a denser tree where it settled in and the pursuers left it alone. The goshawk's small size suggested that it was a male.

Hope you are all seeing some nice birds on your daily walks.





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