Twemgirl's Big Year 2020

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91. Rock Dove

Have I got this one right? I don't see any of these at my place, though there do appear to be quite a few around the North Richmond area. We were on our way to the local fruit and veg shop yesterday when I saw this one. Locals probably thought I was a bit nuts as I got my camera out to try to take a pic.

PS. I am getting an error message ('An AJAX HTTP request terminated abnormally') when I try to add a related factsheet, so no factsheet selected.

dwatsonbb
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Hi Karen your ID is correct, Rock Dove, aka feral pigeon.

The error is not only with adding a fact sheet, just tried to PM admin, and got the same one, so I have sent an email to Holly to report the issue. Hopefully someone can have a look tomorrow. (Wouldn't expect tech support on a Sunday).

Thanks for highlighting the error.

Dale

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

sue818
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Yes, correct as Dale said. It must be wonderful to keep seeing new birds in these times. We are enjoying them, thank you. Your backyard sounds like a fantastic haven.

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The northerly migration of honeyeaters in Autumn has begun. Large numbers are being reported passing through the Blue Mountains in the mornings. You may be well placed to benefit so keep a look out. 

karentwemlow
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Thanks Sue. The Yellow-faced Honeyeater is my most common visitor all year round. I haven't seen the migration the last few years but maybe will this year? I will definitely keep an eye out. 

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92. Jacky Winter

I went out for my morning cuppa today, and within 10 minutes I had seen 13 bird species. I've seen these little ones here a couple of times before but not often. There were two of them hanging out together today. Beautiful little birds I think.

Other visitors during my morninig cuppa:

Pied Currawong

Grey Fantail

Double-barred Finch

Willie Wagtail

Yellow-faced Honeyeater

Australian Magpie

Spotted Pardalote

Satin Bowerbird

Grey Shrike-thrush

Superb Fairywren

Variegated Fairywren

Rufous Whistler

dwatsonbb
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Lucky you nice range, keepem coming. 7 of those would be new to me.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

karentwemlow
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Thanks Dale. I haven't had downtime like many others, not that I'm complaining, work is really busy. But I took today off and this morning was a cracker with so many birds flying around me, I'm sure I missed a few too. My son and I are just getting ready for a 'stake in'. Last night we had a microbat flying around the roof space. I opened doors downstairs hoping it would fly out. It got close a few times but eventually flew back up to the roof and found somewhere to rest. I went to bed and couldn't find it this morning. I'm hoping it made it's way out. But I've removed the fly screens from windows so about to turn all the lights off and open windows and doors and see if it 'wakes up'. One problem is that my bedroom is a loft (I slept in my son's room last night so I could close the door!) and the flyscreen up there doesn't come off so there are no windows in the roof area where he's flying, he has to come back down to the ground floor. He was pretty close last night but only had the door open, will be more exits tonight..... so fingers crossed he's either already escaped or he will do tonight!

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Micro bats are cool critters. I once had to remove one from a ladies house (do a bit of wildlife rescue) she literally "had a bat in her belfry", hard part was finding it. I used a fish landing net to capture it against the wall (one with really fine "rubberised" netting. Also use gloves, as bats can carry some nasty diseases, which can transfer to humans if bitten. Took it outside and it flew straight back in, which was good, because we we able to locate it's entry point and block it up. Once caught for,the second time she kept it in a shoe box until dark, which of course is the best time to release anyway. 
Glad your finding some time to share your surrounds with your son.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

karentwemlow
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My little microbat had found a comfy spot on the ceiling and didn't want to move. I didn't spot him until about 7pm. After opening all windows and doors downstairs (have a loft bedroom which is where he was, and open exposed timber ceiling) I gently prodded him with a spare curtain rod and he 'growled' at me, did not want to move. I didn't push him. I called in an expert from Sydney Wildlife and she came up with a net. We attached the net to the curtain rod with sticky tape and she managed to get him into the net. A very gentle and delicate process to extract him from the net. She's taken him away to check him out properly though he didn't appear to have wing damage. She thought if he wasn't keen on flying that he may have something else wrong with him. She was going to give him the once over and feed him up and then hopefully bring him back for release (outside!).

Not sure where this little one came in, but perhaps down the chimney. That was lucky for your little bat that he showed you where he was getting in so you could block it up.

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93. Spotted Quail-thrush

Out for my daily bike ride/bush walk and spotted this one. This is only the second time I have seen one here. 

Couldn't see a fact sheet for this one, searched Spotted, Quail and Thrush. Unless it has a different name?

sue818
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Nice one, Karen! Try Quail-thrush. Good to see your posts.

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94. Superb Lyrebird

Ok, I know this is not a great photo, but I also know it is a Superb Lyrebird. I saw and heard it before I got the camera out. But it ran so fast!! I just love these guys. There are quite a few of them hanging around the creek in the gully behind my property. I took this pic on a recent 4 hour bushwalk down there a few weeks ago. The spot where Wheeny Creek meets Little Wheeny Creek is not far from the back boundary of my property and was about as far as I got on this walk. It's so isolated down there, I just love it. I'm hoping my Superb Lyrebird here is enough for others to ID???

If not, I will make a conscious effort to go back and get a better photo (which I might do anyway).

The black line on the map is the walk I did. The dotted line is where I wanted to go but I ran into some thick ground cover and didn't want to walk where I couldn't see what I was stepping on! Nearly made it to the back of my property (red boundary shows my property). I can hear a number of Super Lyrebirds from my property, I think this is the time of year for the boys to be noisy right?

karentwemlow
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Thanks Sue, no nothing comes up with Quail-thrush either.... 

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Wow, how lucky are you to have them near your property. I have yet to see one or even hear one in the wild

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95. Rose Robin

I've only seen one Rose Robin on my property before, this one visited a few weeks ago. The second pic is from a trip I'm currently on in Canberra, when we went for a walk up to the top of Mt Ainslie. 

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96. European Goldfinch

After working every day since 23rd March, including weekends and public holidays, I finally had 3 days off and took a road trip to Canberra with the boys. We stopped at a Winery on the Hume highway along the way, for coffee and I spotted this little one. Never seen one of these before.

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97. Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Lots of these little ones around the area we are staying. 

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98. Eastern Rosella

Mt Ainslie reserve has an abundance of trees with hollows, so the area is full of parrots. I see the occasional Eastern Rosella in my street at home but for some reason very rarely have I seen them on my property. Even here the numbers are much smaller than the Crimson Rosellas.

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Replacement Galah (#78) and some of the other locals in Mt Ainslie Nature Reserve. 

sue818
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Nice ones, Karen. I like your locals as well. Seems Mt Ainslie is a good place to visit so looking forward to seeing more.

karentwemlow
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We stayed in Ainslie, which was a great spot, right at the foot of the mountain which was full of wildlife, and walking distance to the city. I booked it some time ago and almost didn't go, but really needed to get away from work for a few days. We visited the War Memorial and walked to the top of Mt Ainslie (with a 5yo), and walked to the city for dinner one night. Didn't use the car at all which was great. We stopped at the Botanical Gardens on our way home yesterday afternoon. Lots of birdlife there, but no new ones for me. However hubby and son bought me this book from the shop at the Gardens, so now I might actually do my first real pre-meditated bird trip!

I'm also really hoping our North Queensland holiday for my 50th birthday in October will still be able to go ahead. Borders are open for now, though QLD has restricted travel to people from some areas of Sydney (not the Hawkesbury where I am, luckily) as I'm looking forward to seeing some of the birdlife in that area. But if not, I will just have to have a special 51st birthday instead.

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Nice going Karen, your going well, and I like our background stories to go along with the photos.

That book looks good, might have to look at that, if our borders open (Tasmania) and we can resume some domestic travel. Think we all just need to be patient, and try to keep as safe as we can.

Thanks again for sharing your photos and stories.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

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