My first Dollarbird for the season

To: 'COG bird list' <>
Subject: My first Dollarbird for the season
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2021 06:23:37 +0000

It is nice to think that the same birds return each year to a particular spot. Hard to know about any circumstantial evidence of a pair returning each year other than by banding. In some cases it is likely true. It is also true that some nests sites are used by birds of the same species for decades or centuries, beyond the life span of any one bird. Very likely birds returning to their birthplace, rather than necessarily where they have bred before. Dollarbirds like open country, especially near lakes or rivers. There is plenty of that here so it is hardly surprising that the species is found in the same areas on different years. A limiting factor here is likely to be suitable nest hollows, so if individuals remember and return to them it is likely to be more efficient than finding a new one each time.


From: Canberrabirds [ On Behalf Of Alison
Sent: Tuesday, 19 October, 2021 4:56 PM
To: 'Harvey Perkins'
Cc: 'COG bird list'
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] My first Dollarbird for the season


Hi Harvey,


Some years ago I met a woman at Hawker who told me that a pair of Dollarbirds returned to the same small park to breed in the same tree every November and left every February.


I recorded them there at the time but admit that while I live close I keep meaning to check if they are still returning but haven’t. Perhaps this year.




From: Canberrabirds On Behalf Of Harvey Perkins via Canberrabirds
Sent: Tuesday, 19 October 2021 12:08 PM
To: Canberra Birds <>
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] My first Dollarbird for the season


My post was really more about site fidelity and regularity (rather than first Dollarbird of the season). Does anyone else have any circumstantial evidence of a pair returning each year and the degree of precision of the timing of returns?




On Tue, 19 Oct 2021 at 12:00, Helen Cross <> wrote:

I saw 2 Dollarbirds up near the western side of McQuoids Hill, Kambah, on 8 October, and saw Rainbow Bee-eaters between Kambah Pool and Casuarina Sands on Sunday. Records added to CNM.



Helen Cross


On Tue, 19 Oct 2021, 11:24 am sandra henderson via Canberrabirds, <> wrote:

They are back at Kambah Pool too - saw two yesterday

Sandra H

On Tuesday, 19 October 2021, Harvey Perkins via Canberrabirds <> wrote:

Just saw the first of "my" dollarbirds, back for the season. In the trees bordering the 6th fairway at Murrumbidgee golf course (Gleneagles, Kambah). 


Right on time. Previous years (over past 12 years) have been as early as 12 October and as late as 2 November (but of course that is when I first recorded them, not necessarily when they actually arrived back).



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