Powerful Owl lower Blue Mountains

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Subject: Powerful Owl lower Blue Mountains
From: "Neil KIRBY" <>
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2005 21:26:53 +1000

This afternoon at Winmalee (80km west of Sydney) I heard a female Powerful Owl call for 4 minutes from 4.45 and for 7 minutes from 5.10. I did not hear any response from a male but I was up on a ridge perhaps 400m from where the calls seemed to be coming.

On another matter HANZAB records 1.2% of total breeding records for Striated Thornbills for the month of June in NSW. For the past 7 days a pair has been building a nest in a sapling Turpentine tree at the edge of a fire trail in Winmalee. As I walked past the site yesterday one bird landed on top of the structure and flared its wings presumably to distract me as the other bird flew in to add something to the nest. I hope the nest survives despite the large numbers of Pied Currawongs that are present here throughout winter.

Neil Kirby




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