Koel 3 weeks early!

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Subject: Koel 3 weeks early!
From: "Robyn" <>
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2006 15:31:38 +1000
I was greeted this morning by excited calling from my female Common Koel.   
5:20 a.m. on Sunday, but I could not resist getting up to check.   After a few 
flights back and forth across the yard, she settled down.    I have not had 
males here so early before, let alone the female.   Normally, the male arrives 
during the first few days of October, calling constantly for 10 to 14 days 
before the female arrives, so I expect her in mid-October.

She is the sweetest bird and loves human contact, so when I went out onto the 
back deck later, she came and sat nearby and chatted for a while.   My company 
didn't win once she spotted the Grey Butcherbird with something on the ground 
under a tree, and she flew off to frighten him/her and steal the prize.

Aren't the female the most beautifully marked birds?


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