small birds

Subject: small birds
From: Judith L-A <>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:05:36 +1000
PS: & Drongos & Dollarbirds, which I keep failing to mention. A very noticeable 
new scarcity here too is the Pheasant Coucal, whose calls used to reverberate 
all day long (along with the Koels’), all through the summer… Each year now the 
stillness grows exponentially.

SEQ 500m

> On 18 Apr 2018, at 12:24 pm, Judith L-A <> wrote:
> Yes, the small birds are struggling with the conditions, here too. With 
> shifts in the seasons, all species up to & incl. wattlebird-sized birds have 
> diminished. Disappearing for long periods of intensified or unseasonal 
> weather, they return only in single pairs, if at all, so far, with only the 
> previously most common / residents reappearing in the gaps between weather 
> events. This was first obvious with the great flock of Rainbow Lorikeets that 
> had built up nearby – It has been several years since ex-TC Debbie removed 
> the colony, & the birds only began appearing in small numbers again recently. 
> On the smaller scale, the other most common  residents that are scarce 
> presently are Lewin’s H/e, Brown Thornbill, White-b Scrubwren. Two 
> butcherbird spp. alternate seasonally here usually, but are both scarce just 
> now. Even the kookaburras, frogmouths, figbirds are diminished … I won’t go 
> on except to say that the seasonal or occasional species are now absent (or 
> rare at best) – e.g. N.Friarbirds, Spinebills & Scarlet H/e; G.Fantails, 
> W.Wagtails; pardalotes; cuckoos & swifts; Crimson Rosella, Galah, & other 
> parrots – 
> Judith 
> SEQ 500m
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