Some birds of the Artarmon area – and two young birders

I am currently in Sydney visiting my family, including my only two grandchildren. They are very demanding and energetic and this makes me tired, but very satisfied. When we are staying with them I don’t get many opportunities to get out birding. This trip has been a little different and I will write about that in the next few days.

One interesting thing happened this evening. For his fifth birthday in October I gave my grandson a simple, lightweight pair of binoculars. I hasten to add that this was at his request; he’d often seen me using mine and wanted to be like his granddad. We were on the front lawn looking out for any birds we could see. We managed to list the following:

  • Australian Raven
  • Rainbow lorikeet
  • Grey Butcherbird
  • Galah
  • Laughing Kookaburra

We were just heading off inside for them to go to bed when Miss 2.5 yo came running up to me all excited. She pointed to the Grey Butcherbird perched on the power line about 5 metres away. I guess they are never too young to start getting them interested in birding.

Other birds seen or heard during our nearly three week stay include:

  • Pied currawong
  • Noisy Miner
  • Common Myna
  • Crested pigeon
  • Australian Brush-turkey
  • Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
  • Tawny Frogmouth
  • Australian Magpie
  • Wonga pigeon
  • Rock Dove
  • Eastern Koel

Good birding.


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