A Tale of two Trees

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Subject: A Tale of two Trees
From: Barry McLean <>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 03 10:15:48 +1000
In our garden we have two large Eucalypts that between them have provided 
copious amounts of blossom since early May.  I have a look 2 or 3 times on most 
days and species seen in them are listed below

The first, a visitor said that it may be a type of mahogany, near the house 
which was in flower for about 6 weeks from early May and birds recorded during 
that time (it still has some blossom even now) were White-naped, New Holland, 
White-plumed, Brown-headed, Yellow-tufted, Yellow-faced and Fuscous 
Honeyeaters, Red Wattlebird, Noisy Friarbird,  Silvereye, Eastern Spinebill, 
Eastern and Crimson Rosellas, Spotted and Striated Pardalotes, Varied Sitella, 
Magpie, Pied Currawong, Grey Shrike-thrush, Kookaburra; Grey Fantail, Restless 
Flycatcher, Willy Wagtail, Rufous and Golden Whistlers,  Weebill, Yellow-rumped 
and Brown Thornbills, Dusky Woodswallow, Superb Fairy-wren and Sparrow.

The second, a Lemon-scented Gum, began flowering mid-June and has been visited 
since then by White-plumed, New Holland, Brown-headed, White-naped, Fuscous & 
Yellow-faced Honeyeayers, Eastern Spinebill. Silvereye, Red Wattlebird, Grey 
Fantail, Willy Wagtail, Brown Thornbill, Weebill, House Sparrow, Scarlet Robin, 
Grey Shrike-thrush, Crimson & Eastern Rosellas, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, 
Galah, Little & Purple-crowned Lorikeets, Magpie, Pied Currawong, Little Raven, 
Superb Fairy-wren, Golden Whistler & Striated Pardalote.

Finally, the signs of Spring  A Grey Shrike-thrush is again sitting on eggs in 
the saucepan in the tractor shed and we have found 2 Superb Fairy-wren nests in 
the garden.  Honeyeaters and magpies are also chasing each other with intent 
and I have only seen a Scarlet Robin once in the last couple of days.  The sun 
is shining on our very wet ground and deciduous trees are shooting.


         Barry & Roberta McLean
         03 57981213
         0418 584433
         PO Box 66
         Violet Town  Vic  3669
         36° 40' 3"   145° 43' 11"

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