Re: birding-aus Red wattlebirds

To: "Rachelle Levingston" <>, <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Red wattlebirds
From: "Muir Environmental" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 1999 16:03:13 +0800
Hi Rachelle

Good to see you on the Net.  I recall your first email to birding-aus
introduciing yourself as a young birder.  Its cool that you're so
interested.  Hope you keep the interest alive.  Birding needs young people.

Have you seen any more of the Red Wattlebirds?  They're building nests over
here in the hills east of Perth, so breeding season has started here. 
Maybe its started over there now too.  I haven't had the opportunity to
observe them closely yet, so can't comment on the issue you've been

Wot's happening?

Jenn Muir

> From: Rachelle Levingston <>
> To: 
> Subject: birding-aus Red wattlebirds
> Date: Wednesday, 16 June 1999 16:04
> Hello all who replied to my 'Red Wattle' inquest!
> I've not been able to observe any mating/territorial Red Wattlebirds...
> the simple reason, it is not their breeding
> season, but...
> I was talking to my teacher the other day about the matter
> and she said that she saw a Red Wattle bird once with it's
> wattles enlarged to the size of a 10c piece, not fully
> inflated but 2/3. She was at the UNE at the time and someone
> pointed out to her that it was a male Red Wattlebird and that they
> their wattles to this size in courtship displays and in
> defending territory (although she can't quiet remember who this
> person was).
> I still doubt that this phenomena occurs, for one thing: both the
> male and female have these wattles. If I do find otherwise I will
> let you all know.
> Another thing that interested me was that the other day, when I was
> on my way home from school. I saw a flock of 60+ Magpies. Flying at
> altitude for a bird, close enough together but not in a 'tight'
> formation. Flying north-west.
> It did look rather odd seeing Magpies flying together in such a number!
> Got-a-go
>        Rachelle
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