Golden Whistlers can be expected anywhere in the Blue Mountains,
especially at this time of year when they are moving around, out of
the gullies more. Their "winter call" is a simple upslurred whistle.
Re your bird - have you considered Grey Shrike-thrush? The female and
immature have faint striations on the front and if it's an immature
there would be some rufous in the wings, and they have a great
variety of calls.
At 10:11 AM +1000 8/6/08, Arwen B. Ximenes wrote:
My first day birding for a while led me all the way down the end of
my street and back - I was amazed how far I didn't get, with so many
birds out in the sun after a very wet week.
First up I heard a call I didn't recognise. Then I saw an Eastern
Yellow Robin - not it. Then, hanging around with the Robin was a
bird I couldn't identify in the field. When I looked at the guide at
home the closest was an immature Golden Whistler. I've never seen
them near our house but I did actually see a male and female further
down the street a little while later which surprised me.
There were actually two immatures, unless one was a female - the
thing is, the call didn't sound like a GW's call - and the bird had
faint striations on its front. They were both calling in the same
shrub - practicing? It didn't sound right though. Otherwise all fits
immature GW, especially the rufous edging to the wings. Do you think
this is what I saw - there isn't anything else it could be is there?
......................................... Arwen Blackwood Ximenes
Lawson, Blue Mountains,
Guided birding in the Blue Mountains & Capertee Valley
PO Box 330
Katoomba NSW 2780
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