Channel-billed Cuckoos, Woodswallows, Fairy-wrens

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Subject: Channel-billed Cuckoos, Woodswallows, Fairy-wrens
From: Bill Jolly <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2007 09:03:25 +1000
Channel-billed Cuckoos returned to Abberton this-morning, Thursday 13th 
September, having been seen by friends on their nearby property on Monday 10th 

Re recent postings about Woodswallow movements, Pat McConnell recorded a large 
flock of Masked and White-browed Woodswallows crossing the Toowoomba Range, 
headed east, on Tuesday 11th September.

As I observed in a recent posting, Spring has really kicked in here.

Yesterday afternoon I was watching a resplendent Variegated Fairywren busily 
working through an Acacia macradenia in the garden, when a dazzling Red-backed 
Fairy-wren dropped into the same small tree, while a stunningly blue and black 
Superb Fairy-wren male foraged around underneath it – all in sight at the same 
time, all with females and immatures pottering around not far away.

Sorry about all those superlatives, but resplendent, dazzling and stunning they 
were! At which point, a Striated Pardalote came to the bird-bath under the same 
tree! Words can’t really describe it, and I was too close to lift the camera. 
It was just one of those privileged moments when you feel that you’re an 
invisible observer to life going on, and you don’t dare to move.

Bill Jolly

Lockyer Valley, Queensland.

(27º 34' 21" S; 152º 08' 21" E)

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