Grey Fantails, etc

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Subject: Grey Fantails, etc
From: "J G KROHN" <>
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2000 23:08:36 +1000
Twice in the past two weeks there has been a pair of Grey Fantails foraging in eucaplypts close to my home in suburban Glen Waverely (about 20 km east-south-east of Melbourne CBD).  I have never seen them in this immediate area before in the four years we have lived here, or at our previous home a couple of km to the north-west, in Burwood.  I remember only once seeing one bird where I grew up in Glen Iris, about 10 km east of the city.  Interestingly (perhaps), both pairs were sharing their respective trees with two or three Brown Thornbills (which are resident but not overly common around here).
Other local, recent highlights have been calls of passing Pied Currawonmgs since about the end of February, and the presence in the neighbourhood of a family of four Little Falcons (Australian Hobbies).  The Mistletoebirds which conspicuously call at Glen Iris during August/ September, then disappear for the summer, returned this year in February and remained at least until a couple of weeks ago.  A Nankeen Night Heron flew citywards along Gardiners Creek, also in February, and we had another visit at home two weeks ago from a Tawny Frogmouth (first time since a couple of visits in October-November).  A day or two later one also turned up at my parents' home in Glen Iris.
For Mike Tarburton:  Not a single swift or needletail have I seen around here all summer.  Every time the weather has looked promising, and quite a few times when it hasn't, I've looked around for them, but no luck.
    Jack Krohn
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