White-throated Needletails

Subject: White-throated Needletails
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2007 15:08:21 +1100
Right - Terrill says we don't report any other routine sightings! True for many no doubt. I haven't posted a 'new' bird for my backyard sightings/hearings - which is getting rarer and rarer as the days go by. This was some Little Friarbirds on 22 February, bringing the total backyard list to 121 since September 2002.

I also heard a Peaceful Dove earlier in February, which is rare near to town.

A friend recently saw a group of Little Cuckoo-shrikes on the Avon Valley Rd., just 1 kilometre east of Gloucester Town, north of Newcastle and inland from the Mid North Coast, NSW. These have yet to venture near my house, I only have BFCS here, including parents feeding fledglings -the female has a white chin, not mentioned in the books as far as I have found.

I agree with another comment re: Needletail sightings - it may be a bore for those in the know (reminds me of people who complain about standards of TV - there is an OFF switch), but at the same time it may catch new people who are unaware that Mike is collecting this data.
David Adams stated that we don't report any other routine sightings! My 
question is why not? We can go on for weeks on end about how many birdwatchers 
there are  ect ect, but how often do we hear about the more common birds, 
remember they are the ones that keep our interest going. I am one that loves to 
hear about our Honeyeaters, Parrots or other more common species. To report on 
what species are feeding on or if they are in large numbers keeps us informed 
about the movements and habits of our more common species and only last week 
there was a request for information on the drinking habits of Thornbills.
The more we report on birds the more knowledge we will have to protect them in the future. Regards Terrill


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