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Woko
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Occasionals

Yesterday we had only the fourth sighting of a Common Bronzewing in the nearly 29 years at our place on the s.e. slopes of the Mt Lofty Ranges, SA. The dearth of this species is somewhat surprising as there are areas within 20 km where it is seen. I've also seen Common Bronzewings crossing large open areas between patches of scrub so I would have thought they would have set up shop on our place well before this. We'll see how this one goes.

Woko
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No sign of the Common Bronzewing since 24/4. It's probably with Kermit: movin' right along.

Rick N
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That is a little strange Woko.

It's not as if they are particularly rare, a few for example at Laratinga Wetlands to name but one local area.

Be interesting to see if it turns up again.

Woko
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Yes, Rick, I've long been waiting for Common Bronzewings to become established at my place. Peaceful Doves, too. I've certainly seen the latter species in much poorer quality habitat than what Ms Woko & I have on our place. Perhaps there's something the Doves specifically need which is missing. Or maybe a competitor is keeping them at a distance. 

Woko
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Good news! A Common Bronzewing is still about. Pursued by a Magpie it flew directly at me then veered vigorously when it saw the perceived threat ahead of it. 

Woko
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And another appearance at our bird bath today. Things are looooking gooood! 

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Here it is.

I note that it has a damaged wing, probably caused by a fox which has been calling occasionally at night. In this case I'm absolving a cat of the deed as it seems my neighbour has taken the hint & either confined her cats or gotten rid or them altogether: none has been seen for several months. Now that I've said that I'll need to be extra vigilant!

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