Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hello, hello to Yellow-faced fellow

Lively Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops) stopped darting about in flowering Euodias long enough on Friday to be identified and join the Tyto species list. Common enough species, but never ticked here before.

But nothing came of weekend efforts to get more sightings or better pictures. Still, two species new to the list in three days (three in two months: Superb Fruit-Dove, Common Tern) may owe more to La Nina than to coincidence. A few more newcomers to the all-time list would compensate for the wet-weather reductions in overall species and bird numbers.       

Pacific Baza bulletin: All four thriving: juveniles sticking more or less together, though smaller bird originally rescued from ants a week ago (presumed male, above, two days ago) still more venturesome.       
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mick said...

Good news about all the Bazas. Plus - a new species for the area is always great.

Mark Young said...

Congrats on the YFHE tick. Glad the Bazas are doing well too.

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Tony
Well, from a certain perspective you are now "responsible" for the Baza, and all the small, cute and adorable birds and animals it kills.
I still think your intervention was appropriate.

Tyto Tony said...

Hi all: Bazas have moved on to wreak havoc on tree frogs and mantids elsewhere. Happy outcome, but can't say I miss the juveniles' persistent hoarse whining for more, more, more!

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