Out of season Golden Whistler

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Subject: Out of season Golden Whistler
From: "Michael Hunter" <>
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:36:22 +1100
Hi All.

          Golden Whistlers are common in Mulgoa Valley in winter, and Rufous 
Whistlers in Summer, the changeover usually occurs in Sept/Oct..    Rufous have 
been present for at least a month.

           Yesterday a male Golden Whistler in full breeding plumage was seen 
on Mayfair Rd Mulgoa, as well as two Rufous which were about 100m above and 
below the Golden on the Mayfair Rd hill.  The Rufous were whistling. The Golden 
was being chased by an unidentified honeyeater and gave a brief whistle only.   
 Goldens are altitudinal migrants, perhaps the unusual weather confused it. It 
snowed in the mountains a week ago.

          There has been some good birding, lots of song.  Scarlet Honeyeaters, 
Mistletoe birds, White-throated Gerygones, Golden-headed Cisticolas, Jacky 
Winters (one feeding a fledgling) and European Goldfinches all singing, as well 
as Koels and Channel-billed Cuckoos, Whipbirds and Sacred Kingfishers calling. 
The resident group of Dusky Woodswallows flying very high before the wind.

         Notably absent so far have been Olive-backed Oriole and Eastern 



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