Bimblebox Finch

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Subject: Bimblebox Finch
From: "Graeme Gallienne" <>
Date: Fri, 4 May 2012 16:55:03 +1000
Hi All,


For those of you who are questioning the sighting of the Black-throated
Finch on Bimblebox Nature Refuge, please note that a concerted effort has
been made by BirdLife Southern Queensland to locate this species there.
Three observers (of which I was one) visited the property in November 2011
to follow up the report by Maureen Cooper and actually heard the finch on 2
occasions (about 40 minutes apart) - the call was immediately confirmed with
the Morecombe App.  This "hearing" observation was disallowed by BirdLife
Australia as it is such a rare species - a big disappointment to the people


However, a team of 17 observers has just been to area and those of us not
fortunate enough to have participated this time, are awaiting the results.
There have been some sightings (even photographs) from areas further north,
so once all the participants have returned home, some general results should
be able to be given.  


Despite the presence or not of this bird at Bimblebox, all birders should be
supporting the effort to save this Nature Refuge - it is a truly awesome
place and is a wildlife haven set amongst many many kilometres of cleared
grazing country.  It has been a Nature Refuge since 2001 and to open cut
mine 50% of it would truly be deplorable.



Sandra Gallienne


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