Grey Shrike-thrush Sings at last

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aussiedavid
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Grey Shrike-thrush Sings at last

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNZIOmoLuVk

A visitor for some time now but never a peep out of him...at long last he sings.

Araminta
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Hi David, I love their songheart I have a few around, they are the first birds to wake me up in the morning. One always sits right infront of my window and sings very loudly and a few others respond from somewhere in the distance. Just the most beautiful sound to wake up to.

M-L

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Hi M-L the Black bird is the first up here. Way Better whistler, just toooo early little blighters start about an hour before sun risewink. We enjoy them all, but it is sooo good to finally hear this little fella. david

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You are right David, I know the Blackbirds don't belong here, but their song is devine, and it reminds me of when I grew up in Europe. They used to sing early in the morning and every time it rained, because the rain brings out the worms.

M-L

richman

Hey Dave just as a matter of interest. Have you been able to indentify what he is selecting from your mix? It just looks like wild bird mix there, are there any additions? I thought these birds were mainly insectivores are there a few bugs hanging around? I'm sure if there was added fruit there would be bugs.

I'm surprised old hoppy the one legged parrot hasn't chased him off.

aussiedavid
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Hi Rich. Millet we mix wild bird with sunflower as wild bird has the wrong balance of seed type to suit the bigger wild birds that visit us. No fruit is included in the mix. Apple is provided, he has never shown any interest in apple. He picks insects from around the garden and have even seen him pick off the odd sleeping moth.

No hoppy and the others leave him alone. Very friendly little fella he fits in well with the others. david

windshear
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They're such a marvellous little bird. I remember the first time I saw one, and the thing I noticed most about it was its beautiful song. :)

Their latin name being Colluricincla Harmonica is really quite appropriate. laugh

darinnightowl
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they have a great strong song. good to see.

See it!  Hear it!

Mid-North Coast NSW

aussiedavid
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windshear, thanks for the comment, yes he's been hanginging around for a year or so without ever making a tweet...now he sings regularly...does that mean a girl has entered his life??

darinnightowl thanks for the comment also, how true, when we were kids we called the whip birds. It's good to hear him giving the blackbirds some competition. david

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