birding-aus Birds and vegetation.

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Subject: birding-aus Birds and vegetation.
From: "D&C Fraser" <>
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 1999 20:10:37 +1100
                   Just a few observations about birds and habitat, I have a large native garden on what was formerly dry grassland. Over twenty three years the bird list has grown to ninety five native species recorded, with several species breeding. Exotics also thrive, Blackbirds, Mynahs, and Sparrows increase year by year if I don't get round to destroying  their nests. 
                    My local river bank on the edge of town is lined with forest red gums, with an understory of every exotic shrub imaginable, honeysuckle creeper, blackberries etc. It is also home to breeding populations of Brown Gerygone, Scrub Wren, Yellow Robin, Rufous Fantail, Silvereye, etc. etc. not  withstanding  cats, human disturbance, and so on.
                  I am all for eliminating exotic vegetation and replanting with indigenous species wherever possible, but where this does not happen, lots of birds are adaptable enough to utilise what is available quite successfully. Make of it what you will,
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