Fwd: small birds

Subject: Fwd: small birds
From: Judith L-A <>
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:53:21 +1000
So I’ve spent a little time going through my 20-year sightings diary, & find 
that (leaving aside the occasionals or uncommons) there are more common / 
resident spp. whose decline I have not mentioned yet. These are – Whipbird, 
quail & button-quail spp., Bush Stone-Curlew, Grey Shrike-Thrush, Magpie-Lark 
(seasonal), as well as the spp. noted earlier & those below. 

In the 20 years there has been little change in local habitat, though I would 
say that the human population has increased as more people have put houses on 
their land. Also there are more cars passing through, & noise has increased. 
This is post-dairy country, interspersed with post(historic)-logging bush 
fragments. Much of the open land (including my own place) has increased trees, 
groundcover &/ understory. 

Climate has varied. 

SEQ 500m

Begin forwarded message:
> From: Judith L-A <>
> Date: 18 April 2018 at 5:05:36 pm AEST
> To: 
> Subject: Re: small birds
> 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.
> Judith 
> 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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