Violet Town notes

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Subject: Violet Town notes
From: "Barry McLean" <>
Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2005 23:05:54 +1000
Hello all,

The Regent H was last seen here on 23 Oct before we left for Healsville BOCA camp. We returned home late on 29th and have checked several times each day since. Very few birds still using the lemon-scented which has very little blossom left.

The leucoxylon also faded but now has had a second wind and is again attracting a lot of birds. Today a female Scarlet H spent a lot of time in it - the first SH sighting since 22nd Oct.

A pleasant surprise, also today in the leucoxylon, was the appearance of a White-fronted HE, well known from our Mildura days but a new and unexpected bird for us here.

The garden and the countryside still look great following more rain. Migrants/visitors are scarce - The Leaden Flycatchers are still here and the Bee-eaters are being heard a bit but seldom seen, the Western Gerygone are calling lot mostly from high in the red gums (so I don't think that they are nesting yet?), White-throated Gerygone were here for a couple of weeks but seem to be absent now and one or more Olive-backed Orioles are heard every day but the only cuckoo has been an occasional Fan-tailed. On Thursday we saw Rufous Songlarks at Caniambo about 20km N of here .


Barry and Roberta McLean
PO Box 66, Violet Town, Vic 3669
03 57981213 0418584433
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