One Swallow does not make summer

One swallow does not make summer

There is a lot of wisdom in proverbs. So also this time: the lone Barn Swallow that I watched at Tisnes last week, clearly did no manage either, and I did not see it there today. After a week with very promising spring weather here in Tromsø, N. Norway, . . . → Read More: One Swallow does not make summer

Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 55, Issue 20

Re Hooded Plover and a Tabby Cat

Birdlife Australia (BLA) have contacts on virtually all beaches where Hooded Plovers nest. If you contact BLA and tell them the details of what you saw and where I’m sure they could contact the appropriate group or even the management authority.

Malcolm Brown

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Tabby cats and cat coat colour

Incidentally, all the ginger tabby-marked cats I have known have been males. Perhaps their sisters are the tortoiseshell females. I don’t say there are no ginger females, just that I haven’t met one.

True grey and brownish/black tabbies, whether blotched or barred pattern, can be either male or female. I am told that gingers are . . . → Read More: Tabby cats and cat coat colour

Tabby cats

We have had a continuous influx of bird- killing cats from adjacent bush, control them by using wire box possum traps available from rural stock stores or probably online.

Best bait is Snappy Tom cat food. It seems irresistible, has never failed over twenty years.

Big Tabbys here are very big ferals, Tabbys are always . . . → Read More: Tabby cats

Eaglehawk Pelagic Trip Report, March 4th 2018 (belated)

Eaglehawk Pelagic Trip Report – March 4th, 2018


Ruth Brozek, Devon Bull, Ross Crates, Helen Cunningham, Karen Dick, Rob Hamilton, Mona Loofs-Samorzewski, Carolyn Upston, Els Wakefield and Paul Brooks (report compiler)


The Pauletta, skippered by John Males, with deckhand Hugh Smith.


A day of peaks and troughs in terms of both birding . . . → Read More: Eaglehawk Pelagic Trip Report, March 4th 2018 (belated)

Hooded Plover and a Tabby Cat

I had a quick visit to Anglesea Victoria overnight last week and took a quick walk along the beach to the point in the drizzling rain in the evening.

I came across the signs telling about the rare Hooded Plover nesting in the area and how dogs etc weren’t allowed past this point, I was

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The status of Australia’s seabirds

Does anyone know where I can obtain a copy of “The status of Australia’s seabirds” edited by Graham Ross, Karen Weaver and John Greig published by Environment Australia in 1996? I’ve just spent an hour searching the internet with no luck. It’s not even mentioned on the Environment Australia website!

I’d be happy to buy . . . → Read More: The status of Australia’s seabirds

How we hear birds

Try to describe the call of a Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike. I did once in my book “Common City Birds”. When I read it now I think it’s awful!

The bird call descriptions in the field guides are so subjective. That’s why we have the apps.

According to my stats page, about a third of the visits . . . → Read More: How we hear birds

Interesting Magpie research

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How we hear birds

This thing is doing the rounds of Facebook, etc, at the moment – a recording of a voice that sounds like it’s saying either Laurel or Yanny depending on how good your high frequency hearing is.

If different people can hear such different things from one recording, is it any wonder the bird call . . . → Read More: How we hear birds