|To:||"Stuart, Alan AD" <>|
|From:||Penny Brockman <>|
|Date:||Fri, 14 Jul 2006 02:04:32 +1000|
Drongo records for Gloucester since I came to live here in Sept 2002 are
one on each of - 7 March 2004, 2, 3, 6 & 20 Nov 2005, 4 Feb 2006. On
the 3rd Nov, at 7.20am I watched a Drongo attack a Kookaburra with much
shrieking and diving at it while perched in my mulberry tree. The Kooka
dropped to the grass, picked up something yellow (couldn't see what) and
flew off pursued by the Drongo. At 8.15am same morning I saw
another/the same? Drongo chasing a Crimson Rosella. As you can
seetjhese are all summer records.
I've also watched a Drongo hawking for insects and following a pair of Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes who tried to discourage it by brief half-hearted attacks.
Stuart, Alan AD wrote:
Mick Roderick didn't get the Spangled Drongo records for Newcastle and the lower Hunter quite right. It is predominantly present in winter, for sure. However, we have records for every month of the year. Not many, but some, for Nov and Dec. The records for Feb and March in particular, are reasonably consistent for locations such as Shortland (at and around the Wetlands Centre). Sometimes it seems to be single birds passing through. But by late Feb, it's common to have birds present at Shortland or at Belmont swamp (these being two locations where observers often visit).Although it is not Sydney, we have Drongo's in Newcastle only during winter, presumably where some birds unusually spend their non-breeding time. Most references I have seen say that birds south from around the Nambucca area (Macksville, Namubucca Heads) are non-breeding winter migrants. Some birds are recorded outside of these times - I remember well, literally in the dying minutes of the 2002 Twitchathon (which is at the end of October), there was a lone Drongo sitting on the TV aerial of the wetlands centre, very much a bonus bird for those teams finishingthere that day (that noticed it!)Mickwrote: Just a quick question regarding Spangled Drongo's in Sydney. I recently moved from the western suburbs (Penrith) to Panania (Bankstown Area) and on the first day I saw a Spangled Drongo in my street. Is this unusual for this area or for this time of year? I've never noticed them in Sydney before.
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