C-B Mannikins return

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Subject: C-B Mannikins return
From: "Norm Canton" <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2001 13:13:03 +1000
Possibly only of interest to myself, but for the third year in succession Chestnut-breasted Mannikins have
arrived at the bird feeding table in garden at Garbutt, not far from Townsville Airport and just up the road from
the Town Common. I recorded a small flock of C-B M's on 6 April at the Town Common, prior to recent
land clearing in the area, burn-offs and low rainfall.
1999 arrival date:   7  September
2000 arrival date:   4  August (10 days after the start of the annual burn-off by the Council /Military/University)
2001 arrival date: 21 June.  This follows the coldest May on record, with zero rainfall.
Possibly El nino is back.  Any comments from other parts of Qld & NSW?
Alex Appleman
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