Birdwatching from cafes - a different slant !

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Subject: Birdwatching from cafes - a different slant !
From: "Paul Rose" <>
Date: Mon, 07 Jun 2004 11:47:03 +1000
Cafe list - a different slant !
Many years ago, while wardening at Long Point Bird Observatory in
Ontario, Canada, one of the top migratory sites in the country, we
operated three passerine banding stations, one of which was at the
remote tip station, located at the end of a long series of sand dunes
with mixed deciduous cover.  The spit extends approximately 22km out
into Lake Erie and is consequently a hot migrant fallout area as they
head north across the great lakes.  At the end of the spit, adjacent to
the banding station and "guest" house is a drop-dunny, standard four
boarded walls, functional seat and the best view across the dunes and
lake.  As the station was only accessible by boat, you were never
surprised and so we always used to keep the door open during the event.
Consequently, an amazing list was accumulated over the years, which was
proudly displayed on the dunny wall.  With such an amazing view and
competitive list, people used to extend their stay.  Some people were
even known to "need to use the dunny" if a rarity was in the area.
Who dares to proclaim an Australian dunny list???


Paul,  "not doing anything to alter the opinion of many that birders
are a strange breed", Rose

Paul Rose
Head of Learning - Science (Yr 7-10)
Department of Biology and Chemistry
Wesley College - Glen Waverley
620 High Street Road
Glen Waverley  3150
(03) 9881 5426

>>> Carol Probets <> 06/07/04 11:18am >>>
Trevor Ford wrote:
>Jill Dening implies that I spend a lot of time birdwatching from
cafes. This
>is only partly true as I often get take-aways. But there are some
>new-ish eateries on Bribie..... etc.

Living in Katoomba, it's almost impossible to escape the burgeoning 
cafe culture. I reckon Katoomba has more cafes per head of population 
than just about any town in Australia. I've become more 
self-disciplined and only eat out occasionally these days, and 
instead of sipping coffee I sip fresh juices which makes me feel more 
virtuous. Anyway, what's all this got to do with birds? Plenty, as 
many of the Blue Mountains eateries provide the opportunity to watch 
some interesting species. Most notable would be the Conservation Hut 
Cafe at Wentworth Falls with its resident Grey Currawongs and other 
bush birds.

Even the cafes in the heart of Katoomba turn up some pretty good 
sightings. I used to sit in Cafe Zuppa and watch the Peregrine 
sitting atop the tall Carrington chimney stack, eyeing off all the 
town pigeons. The Peregrine no longer favours this lofty perch 
(especially since a flag has been placed there), but is still seen 
flashing across the skies from time to time. Just the other day I was 
in Fresh cafe and saw a Peregrine whoosh past scarcely above the 
heads of shoppers. And it's quite common to see groups of 
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos majestically sailing over the shopping 

What are the best birds other readers have seen from cafes?


Disclaimer: I have no financial interest in any of the businesses 
listed in this email.

Carol Probets
Blue Mountains NSW

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