Brown Thornbills agitated with the presence of a local bird

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Subject: Brown Thornbills agitated with the presence of a local bird
From: "Val Ford" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2007 09:18:34 +1000
Hi all

A few minutes ago I became aware that my Brown Thornbills [about 15] were 
somewhat agitated and obviously concerned about something very nearby.  Two 
Eastern Spinebills and a Grey Fantail were also keeping an eye on things 
however were not making a noise and may have just been drawn in by the scolding 
thornbills.  I live at Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula, Vic.

Whilst grabbing my binoculars I thought that sounds like they are concerned 
about an unusual bird in 'their patch'.  However I was very surprised to find 
that the bird they were concerned about was a Singing Honeyeater - a bird 
species that for about 9 months of the year live on the coast about 250 metres 
away and always come into my garden at this time of the year.

I don't know how large a Brown Thornbill's territory is however I would have 
thought they would have seen a Singing Honeyeater before and especially at this 
time of the year when the thornbills are moving around in flocks of 15 to 20 
birds.  Had they confused it with another bird?  Do they know something about 
Singing Honeyeaters that I don't know?

Val Ford
Sorrento, Vic

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