Have the spinebills already gone???

aka DDDs (Departure Date Determinations). When migrants return, we delight in claiming the "First for the season". So why is it that we don't place equal emphasis on claiming the "Last for the season"? Well we all know why. It's too darn hard. Unless we religiously keep a diary of our sightings and then compare notes in the off-season to determine whose was the last sighting, how would we do it? Well now I think I know: provide another avenue for some one-up-manship on a public forum! If you've bettered the last date, please set the record straight ...

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Have the spinebills already gone???

Postby Mick Atzeni » Thu Jul 20, 2006 12:58 am

It has been a couple of weeks since I've had an Eastern Spinebill at home and there's still plenty of grevillea blossom for them.

Has anyone seen one lately? If so, what date for the record? And let's keep a tab on them from here on.

If they've already departed, it would be a very early exit.
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Eastern Spinebill - 53 Perth St

Postby Mick Atzeni » Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:16 am

Still around... A single bird in my yard this morning (23/7) but didn't hang around for long. The grevillea blossoms are still attracting plenty of silvereyes but not much else lately.
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Spinebill at Highfields

Postby Rod Hobson » Mon Jul 24, 2006 10:29 am

Mick,

I saw and heard Eastern Spinebill at the Chocolate Cottage, Highfields yesterday afternoon, 23.07.06.

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Eastern Spinebill

Postby Pat McConnell » Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:53 pm

Mick they are still at Highfields as of 24/07/2006. Pat McConnell
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Postby Michael Wood » Mon Jul 24, 2006 2:41 pm

I saw an Eastern Spinebill at Glen Lomond on Sunday morning -23/7/06. Restless Flycatcher still there, also.

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Spinebills at Highfields Falls

Postby Michael Wood » Sat Aug 19, 2006 11:07 am

This morning I spent about three hours at Highfields Falls, managing a list of 54 species, including at least five Eastern Spinebill -all seen. I believe there may have even been as many as seven or eight.

Spotted Pardalote and Striated Pardalotes seen entering excavated hollows in the dirt bank of the the road that runs along southern boundary. Lots of Figbirds were present, as well as at least six Olive-backed Oriole.

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Postby Mike McGoldrick » Thu Aug 24, 2006 6:41 pm

A lone Eastern Spinebill sighted in Nielsen Park on Saturday morning 19/08/06.Also female Rose Robin seen by Al Young.

Dave Sayers also reports Regent Honeyeaters seen on Myall Creek in Dalby

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Spinbills at Queen Mary Falls National Park

Postby Fielded » Thu Sep 14, 2006 4:20 pm

Today I saw a pair of spinebills at Queen Mary Falls. So still around at this stage...
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Eastern Spinebill - Glen Lomond Park, 16/09/06

Postby Rod Hobson » Mon Sep 18, 2006 9:15 am

Folks,

Eastern Spinebills are still about Toowoomba - I recorded the species last Saturday morning (16.09.06) about 10.30am, along the Bridle Trail abutting Glen Lomond Park, SE Toowoomba. Grey Fantails there as well.

Also found a freshly killed Long-nosed Bandicoot (Paremeles nasuta) during my walk. Cause of death unknown but looked as if the perpetrator could have been a straying dog?

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Eastern Spinebill

Postby Bill Jolly » Mon Sep 18, 2006 3:49 pm

A Spinebill busy feeding at the foot of Upper Flagstone Creek Road on Friday, 15 September, close to the junction with Flagstone Creek Road.

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Eastern Spinebills

Postby Logeah » Mon Sep 25, 2006 8:08 pm

Still around in Girraween as of yesterday, if that's any help!
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Eastern Spinebill and others: 2007 DDD's

Postby Mick Atzeni » Thu Aug 02, 2007 10:52 pm

Don't know about the rest of you, but I've found Eastern Spinebills pretty scarce this season, particularly around home (Rangeville area). If you're not seeing them , you often hear them, but that hasn't been the case.

Anyway, have had a spinebill visit my yard the past two days, which is as good a reason as any to remind everyone we're interested in establishing how long migrants species are in our area. Now that Spring is approaching, let's kick off the Winter 2007 DDD's (departure date determinations!!).

If you can better today's date (2/8/07) for an Eastern Spinebill, please post the details.

Let's also do DDD's for Rose Robin, Red-capped Robin, Western Gerygone and Golden Whistler.

And because they've turned up this winter and been the focus of a lot of attention, let's include two others - Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater & White-plumed Honeyeater.

Any others you want to track?
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Last for 2008?

Postby Mick Atzeni » Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:11 pm

There's been a dearth of sightings this year - I still haven't seen one - but John Gibson tells me they were present on Sunday 24.08.08 at Rob & Barbara Learmonth's property in Niddrie Drive, Middle Ridge, which backs on to Glen Lomond Park.
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Eastern spinebill

Postby Barb Learmonth » Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:57 pm

Last saw a spinebill in the garden at Niddrie Drive on 14/9/08. Haven't seen or heard any since
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2011 departure of Eastern Spinebills

Postby Mick Atzeni » Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:32 am

Plenty of flowering grevilleas still but haven't seen or heard a spinebill at the Learmonth's Niddrie Drive home for about two weeks. They left some time after 24 Aug; I think Russell Jenkins scared them away with his big Nikon lens.

Any recent sightings elsewhere??

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