New bird for the Abberton list

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Subject: New bird for the Abberton list
From: Bill Jolly <>
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 20:45:02 +1000
As I was saying, it's an ill wind...
The new wide margins to Lockyer Creek as it flows through our place today 
delivered their first new bird to the Abberton list, a Latham's Snipe. First 
seen from a window looking out onto the creek, it brings our garden list to 
211spp, and our verandah list to 204. It's the first new bird on our list for 
nearly two years, but I suspect these developing margins could yield more 
before summer's been and gone.
I mentioned in a previous posting that Platypus have returned, so too have 
native Water Rats and Echidnas, Black Bittern, and Nankeen Night-heron. Raptors 
and garden birds seem just as evident as before the flood - in fact nearly 
everything seems to be back, excepting only us, but we're hopeful that our 
return home might be only a week or so away. We haven't been wasting our time 
though - thanks to very generous help from SEQ Catchments, Land for Wildlife, 
the Green Army and other friends and volunteers, we've planted about 3,800 
native tube-stock so far to begin the replacement of what was destroyed on 10th 
We'll recommence our monthly species lists once we're back. It will be very 
interesting to compare 2012 with 2010. On our calendar, 2011 basically just has 
a line through it!
Bill Jolly 
 Helidon, Qld
 27º 34' 21" S, 152º 08' 21" E                                    

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