Signs of spring in Melbourne - and Song Thrush

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Subject: Signs of spring in Melbourne - and Song Thrush
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2003 10:55:05 +1000
About that Song Trush. Anthea said "Nice to know some have
survived the
drought. I am certain that their numbers have been locally
reduced over
the last few years." 

Certainly around Bayside, SE Melbourne, ST numbers have
fluctuated during the drought with only 2 birds located in
the whole of 2001.  But there are a few singing now.

But not because the drought is over, far from it. 
Melbourne's reservoirs are at 40.1% of capacity vs. 52% last
August with July rainfall here heading towards about 25% of
average July figures.

And Anthea might have called her posting "what happened to
winter in Melbourne ?".  On 17 July I saw an Australian
Admiral feeding on Coast Tea-tree Blossom.  Neither should
be out now.  And Musk Lorikeets are coming back 4 months
ahead of schedule (possibly because of the effects of the
fires as well as the drought hitting the fruit farmers...).

Michael Norris

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