Crested Pigeons

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Subject: Crested Pigeons
From: "Trevor Hampel" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 22:48:01 +0930
Dear Birders,

Some time ago I started a thread about the numbers of Crested Pigeons
around at present. I have just completed further analysis of my recent data
and a definite pattern has emerged.

In previous years, I have recorded only single birds through to small
flocks of 3-7 or thereabouts, rarely double figures.

The figures for this year are in startling contrast. Yes - individuals and
small flocks are still seen. But the numbers of large flocks are

Consider these records:

13   17/3/98 Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge
12   28/3/98 Kinchina, west of Murray Bridge
18     4/4/98 Mulgundawa, south of MB
18    30/4/98 In playground of MB Primary School
21    16/5/98 Stansbury, Yorke Peninsula, S.A.
10    16/5/98 Sturt Bay, Yorke Peninsula
16    16/5/98 Marion Bay, Yorke Peninsula
34    16/5/98 Minlaton, Yorke Pen.
10    16/5/98 Curramulka, Yorke Penin.
35    17/5/98 Stansbury, Y.P
27    17/5/98 Curramulka, Y.P.
23     6/6/98 Waikerie, Murray Valley SA
15     7/6/98  Waikerie    "          "
15     7/6/98  Cobdogla    "         "
15     8/6/98  Waikerie     
45    13/6/98 Murray Bridge East

These numbers seem to indicate a significant increase in Crested Pigeon
numbers in this area, especially over the last few months.

Happy birding,

Trevor Hampel
Murray Bridge
South Australia

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