Stirling Park & Ibis

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Subject: Stirling Park & Ibis
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 22:36:03 +1100
Hi Marnix,
Yes I would agree that a number of White Ibis are usually at the Mugga Tip. Although that many is probably in the high end of what I have seen there. So well done. I have not taken the effort to count them and I don't know anything more about trends. The GBS suggests abundance is highest in summer but GBS results are peripheral, to a flocking bird that prefers tips to suburbs. If you say they are not mentioned in the ABR, well that is probably evidence that I am not the only one who does not report, all of possible relevance to the COG records system. The only places I recall seeing them breeding is near water and in large or small colonies, so I wouldn't know where they would bred there.
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Subject: [canberrabirds] Stirling Park & Ibis

A brief lunchtime stroll through an isolated woodland remnant less than 1 km from my work in Parkes produced Rufous Whistler, Grey Currawongs and an immature Grey Butcherbird. It was nice listening to its song with Parliament House so close in view. No Speckled Warblers this time, but I have seen them here in the past.

On another subject, I stopped to count the White Ibis colony at the Mugga Tip last week. I counted about 500 birds. Is this unusual? Or does this happen every year? I dont see any mention of this huge flock size in the ABR or on this discussion list. Is there a chance they may breed there?

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