Square-tailed Kite & more nesting woodswallows

Subject: Square-tailed Kite & more nesting woodswallows
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2004 22:05:29 +1100
Last week I mentioned the profusion of nesting White-browed Woodswallows on my place in the Capertee Valley (NSW). Since then I've found more nests built in even more interesting sites - for example one nest in an old Magpie-lark nest - the female looking very happy with herself sitting in the lovely mud bowl. One of the nests I found last week now has three fluffy chicks.

And at April Mills' cottage, a pair of White-browed Woodswallows are nesting in the top of the rain gauge! I guess it hasn't rained for a while. A much safer site was chosen by a one who is nesting in an elbow of plumbers pipe under a small roof which forms part of an "apartment block" which April had built for Zebra Finches to nest in. This unique construction is difficult to describe to anyone who hasn't actually seen it.

It seems that everywhere you look there are White-browed Woodswallows sitting on nests. I love it!

On the way out of the valley on Friday I saw a Square-tailed Kite over Pearson's Lookout at Capertee.

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