Photo: Canberra Ornithologists Group.

Last week it was the Yellow Robins, this week the Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes and Silvereyes arrived. I heard the cuckoo-shrike’s distinctive, pleasant ‘churring’ above me, whilst working in the orchard, then looking up, I saw them in the top of a dead Manna Gum on the roadside.

Some birds may remain year-round in some districts. However, from higher altitudes there is often complete departure (the Tableland is ~500-700 m asl). These birds can undertake long-distance migration, many heading north as far as New Guinea. About two weeks ago I saw several on the outskirts of Euroa; these could be resident birds, or perhaps they’d just arrived back from further north.

And Silvereyes have been flitting around for a few days too, their ‘tsee tsee’ call giving them away long before they are seen.