Night-time feeding by Brown Thornbill

To: "Elizabeth Shaw" <>, "Birding Aus" <>
Subject: Night-time feeding by Brown Thornbill
From: "Wendy" <>
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2010 14:49:28 +1000
Hi Elizabeth,
I don't have thornbills in my garden but recently I was disappointed by the number of moths coming to my house window where I, each night, attract them with a light and photograph & record them (~ 255 identified Lepidoptera sp for my garden list, many more to ID. Somewhat larger no. than bird sp!) I had been hearing shuffling noises in adjacent trees and eventually sprung the blighters at it - a pair of Red Wattle Birds were hawking moths near the window and taking them off the glass. They would even sit about a metre from me watching while I was at the window. I have often seen these birds hawking moths in tree tops in the late evening glow, I had not before seen them active late at night. They had two large fledged, still dependent young at the time.

Coburg (Melbourne)

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