Subject: blackbirds
From: John Leonard <>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 15:01:30 +1000
I'm surprised by how little Blackbirds seem to impinge on native birds in Canberra, they don't seem very numerous or visible at all. On the other hand I am impressed by the way that they have spread to places like Robinvale on the Murray (so unlike northern Europe).

What does surprise me is that they haven't discovered Wet Forest by now (the habitat closest to their original one in Europe); if they had I'm sure they'd have been through it like the proverbial dose of salts, in the process displacing various ground feeders.

However it doesn't appear that they have, so let's hope there's something wrong with se Australian Wet Forest, from a Blackbird point-of-view (not enough worms, not the right sort of worms, or whatever) and that Australian Wet Forests stay Blackbird free (unlike NZ forests, and the bush on Lord Howe Island).

John Leonard
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