FW: Greenfinch 'visibility' and calling season

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Subject: FW: Greenfinch 'visibility' and calling season
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2018 03:17:48 +0000

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From: Lawrie Conole 
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Subject: Greenfinch 'visibility' and calling season

Hi birders

Making one of my infrequent intrusions into the conversation ...

The last few years I've noticed that Greenfinches start singing quite late in 
the season, after at least one breeding round is over - possibly all breeding 
concluded for the season.  In the fortnight before Christmas and into about the 
second week of January, singing male Greenfiches are prominent in parts of the 
Macedon Ranges (Central Victorian Uplands) where I live, and around Melton 
(lowland volcanic plain, western edge of Melbourne).  They're nearly invisible 
when not calling in these lower density populations.

Why do they start calling so late?  Apparently in their native range in Europe 
they start calling very early in Spring, but I haven't noticed that here in 



Dr Lawrie Conole
PO Box 155
Melton VIC 3337


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