Golden Whilster in Aranda

To: John Layton <>
Subject: Golden Whilster in Aranda
From: Richard Allen via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Mon, 31 May 2021 10:51:58 +0000
That’s because it is the Rufous Whistler that can respond to loud noises such slamming car doors with a burst of song. You’ll be lucky to get much more than “seeep” from a Golden Whistler around Canberra at moment.


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On 31 May 2021, at 8:20 pm, John Layton <> wrote:

Mid-afternoon, today, I was sitting with friends in an Aranda garden when we noticed a mature male Golden Whistler perched atop a bare apricot tree. I suddenly remembered reading that a sharp report such as the crack of a stockwhip would cause a Golden Whistler to burst into song. Accordingly, I picked up a piece of timber fence paling and whacked against the brick barbie. It produced a satisfyingly loud report, but the stupid bird sprang skywards and sped away without voicing a single note. L


John Layton



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