Exciting Sightings

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Woko
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Exciting Sightings

Ms Woko & I were lucky to be visited simultaneously yesterday by a Collared Sparrowhawk & a Brown Goshawk. The two species are normally hard to distinguish but we've spent considerable time perusing field guides & discussing their identifying features so we're very confident about what we saw. Ms Woko saw the Collared Sparrowhawk at close range: right beneath her window where it had alighted on our verandah. After the Sparrowhawk flew off we heard the Brown Goshawk near our house with the Sparrowhawk seen in nearby vegetation. The latter's call is quite different from that of the Sparrowhawk.

To add to all the bird excitement our bird baths were visited today by a Flame Robin. I've mentioned in previous posts that we had no sightings of this migratory species for many years until there were sporadic visits beginning about four or five years ago. The Flame Robin is an endangered species in the Mt Lofty Ranges thanks largely to gross over-development, habitat destruction & inappropriate plantings by humans. 

While on the subject of endangered bird species I might, in fact I think I will, mention that we seem to have - at least temporarily - resident Diamond Firetails. This is interesting (to me, at least) because several years ago an Environment Department ecologist surveying birds at our place mentioned that Diamond Firetails tend to wander over large areas of countryside. Perhaps the habitat at our place is now sufficiently suitable to encourage the Diamond Firetails here to stay at least for the time being. 

dwatsonbb
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Fantastic Woko, some might dine species turning up for you. Again well done on your labour of love in restoration of natural habitat.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

Woko
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Thanks, Dale. All sorts of things are turning up now. This afternoon I saw 5 Spotted Pardalotes flying overhead. A swift perusal of my field guide told me this bird tends to gather in greater numbers in late autumn & winter. Previously, I've seen or heard only single birds - occasionally. It's all happening!

sue818
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Wonderful news, Woko. Great to see your hard work paying such dividends.

Woko
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Thanks, Sue. It's been very much a labour of love.

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