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Oriolus sagittatus

Olive-backed Oriole at Symonston, ACT

Oriolus sagittatus at Symonston, ACT - 14 Jun 2021
Oriolus sagittatus at Symonston, ACT - 14 Jun 2021
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Oriolus sagittatus 14 Jun 2021 Liam.m
Oriolus sagittatus 14 Jun 2021 rawshorty

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8 birds in the same tree. The largest flock of these i have seen, prior to this was 4 birds at my place on 9 June 2014.

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natureguy wrote:
   15 Jun 2021
This is a very high count in general, let alone during winter. I usually only see singles or pairs, occasionally up to 4. The last bird looks like an immature, so potentially late breeding. Maybe they are hanging around Callum Brae as I heard one there when I went to see the Swift Parrots in early May.
rawshorty wrote:
   15 Jun 2021
Yes it shocked me Luke. There were 4 adults and 4 immature birds but they didn't stay in the tree for long before flying of together in a Northerly direction so perhaps they may overwinter or are just late migrators. I have seen them at my place during Winter for many Years now so they do stay in the area during Winter.
natureguy wrote:
   15 Jun 2021
Yes, I am aware that they stay through winter in smaller numbers. I feel that they are often unnoticed too as they are not calling. In fact most times I see them I am first alerted by their call, so maybe they are more regular in winter than the records suggest. Still, your record is quite extraordinary.
rawshorty wrote:
   15 Jun 2021
Luke, i live near Callum Brae so i was referring to a localized area not just the Canberra area, i am sure you are aware of the fact they stay through winter in Canberra ;) They do call on occasion through winter but it is mostly mimicry, they do some amazing calls, i must record them some time.
natureguy wrote:
   16 Jun 2021
Oh, sorry I didn't realise you were referring to your local area, haha my bad. Yes, they have an amazing variety of calls, very interesting to listen to.

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Goodenia pinnatifida (Scrambled Eggs) at Symonston, ACT - 14 Nov 2020 by Mike Scopula rubraria (Plantain Moth) at Symonston, ACT - 13 Nov 2019 by Marthijn Marrubium vulgare (Horehound) at Symonston, ACT - 27 Nov 2018 by Mike Apis mellifera (European honey bee) at Symonston, ACT - 27 Nov 2018 by Mike Onopordum acanthium (Scotch Thistle) at Symonston, ACT - 27 Nov 2018 by Mike Hypericum perforatum (St John's Wort) at Symonston, ACT - 27 Nov 2018 by Mike Chrysocephalum semipapposum (Clustered Everlasting) at Symonston, ACT - 27 Nov 2018 by Mike Artamus superciliosus (White-browed Woodswallow) at Symonston, ACT - 27 Oct 2018 by BIrdsinCanberra Artamus personatus (Masked Woodswallow) at Symonston, ACT - 27 Oct 2018 by BIrdsinCanberra Platycercus eximius (Eastern Rosella) at Symonston, ACT - 18 Jan 2018 by Mike Cacatua galerita (Sulphur-crested Cockatoo) at Symonston, ACT - 18 Jan 2018 by Mike
Goodenia pinnatifida (Scrambled Eggs) at Symonston, ACT - 14 Nov 2020 by Mike
Scopula rubraria (Plantain Moth) at Symonston, ACT - 13 Nov 2019 by Marthijn
Marrubium vulgare (Horehound) at Symonston, ACT - 27 Nov 2018 by Mike
Apis mellifera (European honey bee) at Symonston, ACT - 27 Nov 2018 by Mike
Onopordum acanthium (Scotch Thistle) at Symonston, ACT - 27 Nov 2018 by Mike
Hypericum perforatum (St John's Wort) at Symonston, ACT - 27 Nov 2018 by Mike
Chrysocephalum semipapposum (Clustered Everlasting) at Symonston, ACT - 27 Nov 2018 by Mike
Artamus superciliosus (White-browed Woodswallow) at Symonston, ACT - 27 Oct 2018 by BIrdsinCanberra
Artamus personatus (Masked Woodswallow) at Symonston, ACT - 27 Oct 2018 by BIrdsinCanberra
Platycercus eximius (Eastern Rosella) at Symonston, ACT - 18 Jan 2018 by Mike
Cacatua galerita (Sulphur-crested Cockatoo) at Symonston, ACT - 18 Jan 2018 by Mike

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  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 8 Abundance
  • 14 Jun 2021 10:20 AM Recorded on
  • rawshorty Recorded by

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