9 Month old Sighting - Whoops

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Subject: 9 Month old Sighting - Whoops
From: "Dicksons" <>
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2003 10:46:24 +1000
Ok, we've all got one (or many) so here's mine (or at least one of them).

I once recorded in my database & wrote extensive notes on a pair of Pied
Butcherbirds that turned out to be made of cement. There was a house nearby
that had (almost perfect replicas) of Pied Butcherbirds sitting on the front
fence posts. Driving past one day I noted their presence & was suprised to
see them in exactly the same position & posture a couple of days later.
Rather then alert me to their true nature, it promted me to note the
possibility of some particularly rich food supply on the footpath beneath -
perhaps the owners of the house were providing some morsels of food. As the
species was rare in local urban areas I hypothesised that they were 'drought
refugees' & upon finding a regular source of food had become faithful to
that location. It took a couple more days for it to click but I still pass
the house quite regularly to remind me of it.

Another story, occuring very very early in my birding career involves Snow
Geese (yes, this was in Australia)

Tim Dickson

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