Scarlet-chested Parrots are back at Gluepot

Subject: Scarlet-chested Parrots are back at Gluepot
From: Peter Waanders <>
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 17:30:00 +0930
Hi all,
Scarlet-chested Parrots have been reported at Gluepot again in recent days.
I went up there to have a look this afternoon but (possibly because of hot,
windy and dusty conditions) didn't see any. It will be interesting to see
if they breed again, as it has been very dry. While most of the lower parts
of SA received good rains this winter, Gluepot missed out. This on top of a
very dry 2012 and a record warm start to spring. I wonder what's going on
with our weather - oh wait, it's not climate change, just ask Tony A.  :-)
Striated Grasswren numbers and active Malleefowl mounds are way down as a
result (although I did find one of the latter today).
This morning I also found nesting Black-eared Miners, a singing Red-lored
Whistler, and all the other 'usual' birds - Chestnut Quail-thrush, Southern
Scrubrobin, White-browed Treecreeper, Shy Heathwren etc. We've been seeing
Major Mitchells as well recently and there's a report of Orange Chats and
Black Honeyeaters at the airstrip - I wasn't going to brave the dust to
check it.


Peter Waanders



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