Sparrowhawk chases Currawong, Raven

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Subject: Sparrowhawk chases Currawong, Raven
From: "Michael Hunter" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 17:56:15 +1000
     Hi All,

         The Night-Parrot sighting has prompted a surge of expeditionary travel 
hormones in the household, (half of it anyway). In the meantime Mulgoa Valley 
has enough to slow down the morning constitutional treks up Mayfair Rd.

         What was presumably a juvenile Sparrow haw had a go at a rather 
bemused Pied Currawong then flew at an Australian Raven on Saturday morning 
about 8.30 am at the top of Mayfair Rd on Saturday 12/6/10. Both the big birds 
squawked out of the way then turned and just looked at the Sparrowhawk which 
departed, all being watched by a Satin Bowerbird from a few metres off. This, 
presumably the same bird, has been upsetting the avifauna around our house and 
in the Valley for a couple of weeks, inspiring screams and shrieks from our pet 
cockatoo whenever it appears.

        Quite a lot of other activity around as well, a Golden-headed Cisticola 
in the paddock, numerous young Red-browed finches and Doublebars, still a few 
Goldfinches feeding on the last of the thistles. Aus. Grebe, Purple Swamphens 
in the paddock dams.

       Male ROSE ROBINS still inspire delight even though they are a daily 
occurrence, as are Eastern Yellow Robins and Eastern Spinebills.

        Magpies, Crimson and Eastern Rosellas all flocking, even Peewees. Three 
Red Wattlebirds flying SOUTH, hundreds of Tasmanian Silvereyes. Yellow and 
Brown Thornbills, Grey and Willie Wagtails and Restless Flycatcher, Weebills, 
White-throated Treecreeper, an EASTERN SHRIKE-TIT family , GOLDEN WHISTLERS, 
including two glorious males in brilliant colour, making the nearby Shrike-tits 
seem dowdy .Satin Bowerbirds common, a couple of Olive-backed Orioles with 
harsh croaky winter calls, Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrikes voiceless at the moment. 
Five Common Bronzewings. Fantailed Cuckoo, Superb and Variegated Fairywrens, 
White-browed Scrubwrens scolding and Whipbirds calling from the moister parts 
of the gully along with Bell Miners, and the endless chase of Noisy Miners 
after Striated Pardalotes, both returning to where they came from after high 
flying sortie across the road.

    Only Black Duck and Woodies, haven't seen a Hardhead for a year. CATTLE 
EGRETS in a small flock around the Herefords

    A BLACK-FRONTED DOTTEREL has been on the edge of the small dam at the 
bottom south of Mayfair Rd for a week now, a Little Pied Cormorant in it.

    All up just on fifty spp here over the long weekend, with the Sparrows, 
Blackbirds Turtle Doves Mynahs and other assorted background birds included.

    Also two spp of deer, one large, coffee brown, the other half the size, 
light brown, spotted, white patch on rump. Any takers on ID?



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