Blackbirds in central western NSW

To: "brian fleming" <>
Subject: Blackbirds in central western NSW
From: "Dave Torr" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2006 17:12:56 +1000 shows it as
occuring in countries such as Saudi Arabia and Syria, which I guess are
pretty dry mostly. Interestingly it does NOT show it as being in Sri Lanka,
where I saw it earlier this year.

On 17/10/06, brian fleming <> wrote:

  Hullo Graham,
   As far as I know, Blackbirds got out as far as Broken Hill and Cobar
under their own steam during wet years, back when we still had them. Not
sure of the dates, but I have an idea the expansion came about the time
Lake Eyre filled up in the 1970s.
  According to HANZAB, its original distribution includes the shores of
the Mediterranean and as far east as Turkey and Iraq, with isolated
subspecies in India, Central Asia and China.  Perhaps we should not be
surprised that it can cope with  fairly dry conditions to reach 'oases'
in western N.S.W.

Anthea Fleming

Graham Turner wrote:

>G'day birders, as mentioned earlier I went to Parkes in central western
NSW last week. I was a little surprised to see so many blackbirds hopping
around the gardens in town, the first one caused me to stop for a second
look because it just didn't seem right. The reason I found it odd was that
growing up in nearby Forbes (a much nicer town, or so the Forbes - Parkes
rivalry requires me to say) I never saw any blackbirds. In the 70s I had to
go somewhere wetter, like Orange or somewhere where people used their
sprinklers too often, like Wagga Wagga to see these introduced songsters.
>But oh how things have changed, and I shouldn't have been too surprosed.
Last year I saw some in Ivanhoe, central NSW. This is the last place I would
have expected to see them, very dry. Does anyone have record for this
species further west? Or does anyone know if the birds dispersed during a
wet season or is it just a slow expansion.
>Graham Turner
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