Change of seasons

Subject: Change of seasons
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2007 18:50:22 +1000
It was an appropriately cold morning for the first of winter here in Katoomba, but that never seems to bother the birds. On this morning's walk a Rockwarbler on the first of the Three Sisters was a cheerful start to winter, while Crescent Honeyeaters shouted their "e-gypt" call without the "e" (as they do), making it simply "gypt!" or perhaps it was "jik".

Earlier in the week, a short walk in the bush below my house in an area known as The Gully yielded 34 species including a Rose Robin giving its soft winter call and an Eastern Whipbird poking about in some loose bark. Mixed feeding flocks are the norm at this time of year so any birding walk is characterised by periods of quiet alternating with frenetic activity. On the other hand, right now some species seem as if they're at least thinking about nesting. A pair of Spotted Pardalotes were down near the ground showing undue attention to an area of embankment, Red-browed Finches were carrying long grass stems (possibly just for a roost nest), and a pair of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos had glints in their eyes.



Carol Probets
Blue Mountains NSW


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