A telling first time

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Subject: A telling first time
From: "Michael and Janette" <>
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005 15:57:39 +1100
The last GBS week was the first time since 1981 at our site in Ainslie that we had no record of a Silvereye. Over the weekend 1 had a lonely bird (but singing nicely). Another sign that Silvereyes have declined significantly is that this year we still have some intact bunches of grapes hanging under the patio (after we had the main harvest and the protective net is removed), in a normal year they would be gone in no time.
Also along my transect on the western side of Mt Ainslie Silvereyes are this season not as common as they used to be.
Of course, the Silvereye is only one of many woodland/garden species suffering from the prolonged dry conditions, but I had not necessarily expected that this common, apparently adaptable species would be so strongly affected. 
Michael Lenz   
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