Mt Majura Woodland Survey - Spring 21

To: 'Richard Allen' <>
Subject: Mt Majura Woodland Survey - Spring 21
From: Danny McCreadie via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2021 01:08:33 +0000

Thanks Richard,


I will keep trying. Mind you I haven’t heard it today!




From: Richard Allen <>
Sent: Sunday, September 26, 2021 9:28 AM
To: Danny McCreadie <>
Cc: Philip Veerman <>;
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Mt Majura Woodland Survey - Spring 21


Hi Danny


Silvereyes are remarkable mimics so you really have to get a view of them in the dense foliage to confirm. Speckled warbler tend to stay on ground in more open woodland hopping away or flying into cover. If baled up close in a bush they would usually give a harsh scolding chatter rather than sweet melodic territorial song. They are very territorial at this time of year. 


Not sure of any other options. Closest vocal would be Heathwren but even less likely. Urban skulkers would be scrubwren (musical reeling trill) or brown Thornbill (short cheery song). Yes you’ll likely be familiar with these two but I do still get surprised by common species in poor visual conditions and in situations out of context. 

 Best to try to get recording on your phone. 
It’s great to pursue newcomers to your home area at this time of year. 





Sent from my iPhone

On 26 Sep 2021, at 8:47 am, Danny McCreadie via Canberrabirds <> wrote:

Hi Richard and Philip,


I am not that familiar with their song other than YouTube searching. I am very familiar with Silvereyes having grown up with them in SA.


If not a Speckled Warbler or Silvereye I am happy to consider other options.






From: Philip Veerman <>
Sent: Saturday, September 25, 2021 10:40 PM
To: 'Danny McCreadie' <>
Subject: RE: [Canberrabirds] Mt Majura Woodland Survey - Spring 21


I think you would be very lucky to have a Speckled Warbler in a normal suburban lot for two weeks. You haven’t described it or told us that you are very familiar with the song. Are you wishing to make a connection of the mention in the note below, to your question?




From: Canberrabirds On Behalf Of Danny McCreadie via Canberrabirds
Sent: Saturday, 25 September, 2021 6:06 PM
To: 'John and Kathy';
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Mt Majura Woodland Survey - Spring 21


Thanks Kathy and John,


I suspect one of the missing Speckled Warblers is in my back yard in Forde. I have had one singing in the bushes along the back fence for around 2 weeks now. It stops when I try to get a look so I am only going by the song.


Is it unusual to have them in suburbia like that?




From: Canberrabirds <> On Behalf Of John and Kathy
Sent: Saturday, September 25, 2021 5:28 PM
To: ;
Subject: [Canberrabirds] Mt Majura Woodland Survey - Spring 21


The Mt Majura Woodland surveys were conducted on 19, 20 and 25 Sept. Luckily we live in the same general area as our survey sites and were not affected by COVID restrictions. Very wet underfoot at about half the sites and we wished we had worn rubber boots! Lots of Yellowbox flowering at most sites. Around 30 species seen in total over the 9 sites. Unfortunately only one site had any small birds with Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Grey Fantail, Misletoebird and Weebills. No Speckled Warblers to be seen at either of our regular sites. Hopefully they were just keeping a low profile and not gone altogether. Many Red Wattlebirds, Noisy Friarbirds and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters seen at a number of sites.


Kathy Walter and John Goldie

This is the email announcement and discussion list of the Canberra Ornithologists Group.
Emails posted to the list that exceed 2 MB (2,000 kB) in size, including attachments, will be rejected.
All emails distributed via the list are archived at It is a condition of list membership that you agree to your contributions being archived.

Canberrabirds mailing list

Attachment: ATT00001.txt
Description: ATT00001.txt

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the Canberra Ornithologists Group mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the list contact David McDonald, list manager, phone (02) 6231 8904 or email . If you can not contact David McDonald e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU