To: Duncan Fraser <>
Subject: Goldfinches
From: Laurie&Leanne Knight <>
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2002 17:50:56 +1000
I think it is fair to say that thornbills are fairly good ecological indicators
- you generally don't see them once their vegetation goes ...


Duncan Fraser wrote:
> Here in Gippsland a few years back, Goldfinches seemed to have greatly
> declined, but over the last three years I have been seeing them in
> increasing numbers. Some flocks at Jack Smith Lake have been huge. One bird
> that concerns me a bit is the Brown Thornbill. When I started doing surveys
> for the Atlas, they were one of the commonest birds ticked on my sheets, but
> over the last three years they seem to have become very scarce, to the point
> where they are an unusual sighting. I wonder what the situation is
> elsewhere? Duncan Fraser, Maffra, Vic.
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