|Powerful Owl, Banyule, photo by James Mustafa|
I think I know my local birds, and yet I do not. Before yesterday, had I been asked, I'd have said with confidence that Brown Thornbills occur in small flocks. Yesterday I read that they occur singly or in pairs. My records show that I see or hear Brown Thornbills just about every other day. I was sure that they were in small parties, foraging through the trees at about eye height. However, when I think about it, what happens is, I hear Brown Thornbills, I go looking, I see one bird, so I can write it down as 'seen' then I move on. I never stop to see how many birds there are, and as these tiny birds have very loud voices they could well be tricking me into thinking that there are more of them than there really are. I heard them on my walk today, so I decided to check them out. The call was loud, but there was in fact just a single bird. You can be sure that I will be making a note of thornbill numbers in future.
|Magpie Goose at Werribee, photo by James Mustafa|