Canberra Garden Bird Survey Report

To: "birding aus" <>
Subject: Canberra Garden Bird Survey Report
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 19:15:49 +1000
I thought I sent this to BA on Sunday but it appears not to have gone through. 
Here it is again. Apologies if it did go through before, and I
am doubling up.

-----Original Message-----
From: Philip A. Veerman <>
To: jilldening <>
Cc: birding aus <>
Date: Sunday, 18 April 2004 15:44
Subject: Canberra Garden Bird survey report

I thank Jill for sending out this message. Jill writes regulary about the terns 
in SE Qld.

Several of the birding aus people have either or both of my GBS reports
(not to be confused with the earlier book "Birds of Canberra Gardens"!).
The great response (reviews & stacks of letters) from local and
international readers to my GBS reports has been very pleasing and great
publicity for COG's long running (continuous since 1981) Garden Bird
Survey. The 18 year report that Jill refers to, actually sold out within
a year. As I was still getting lots of requests for it, I needed to
print more. Rather than just fix the small number of typos in it and
reissue the same thing, I decided to fully update it with the three more
years data by then available and to greatly improve with additional
features and better printing and reissue it as a 21 year report. I do
have stocks (as does the birding shop in Hawthorn in Melbourne). In
order not to advertise on the list, I will leave any enquiries about
obtaining it for anyone to contact me off-line.

     -----Original Message-----
From: jilldening <>
     To: birding-aus <>
Date: Sunday, 18 April 2004 9:14
     Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Canberra Garden Bird survey report

     Hi Everyone,

     Early last year I bought a copy of Philip Veerman's report on the
first 18 years of the COG garden bird surveys. I had a quick look at it
at the time, but put it aside then until I needed it.

     Now, having spent some time on it in recent weeks, I have to
recommend the publication to those who might not be aware of it, and who
might have an interest. It isn't a publication for the casual
birdwatcher, but if you live in the region, it gives a very detailed
look at what is happening to birds over an extended period. The charts
showing the decline of the Starling and the increase of the Common Myna
are just beautiful, as just one example.

     I bought the report as one of several I wanted to check out prior to
writing a report of my own, on which I am now working. Many of you will
guess of course that it is on the terns of the Caloundra Sandbanks,
SEQld. However, I am not writing for general sale as Philip has, but
rather for a specific target aimed at better management of the area.

     If anyone is working along similar lines to mine, you would also
find this report useful, for its varied approach to data analysis. Much
of it goes over my head, as I am not trained in statistics, but it has a
place at many levels.

     Philip is probably still a subscriber to birding-aus, and you can
get in touch with him through the list. I am not currently on the list.



     Jill Dening
     Ph 07 5494 0994
     Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
     26°  51' ; 152°  56'

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