Blackbirds in central western NSW

To: brian fleming <>, Graham Turner <>, <>
Subject: Blackbirds in central western NSW
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2006 17:12:06 +0930
A few years ago, Tony, a fisherman friend of mine and quite a dab hand when
it came to birds, spotted what he thought was a hobby flying overhead.  This
was on the Adelaide River, about 100 kms east of Darwin.

But not seeing it well, Tony asked a so-called bird tour operator who
happened to be with him at the time.

"Oh, that," said the expert, "is a blackbird"!
Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
Ph. 89328306
1/7 Songlark Street
Bakewell NT 0832

On 17/10/06 4:34 PM, "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


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