A telling first time

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Subject: A telling first time
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 18:52:25 +1100
An impressive record of conscientiousness and consistency from Michael. To put others in the picture, that means that for the first 21 years alone (we are now into year 24), Michael's site had 861 separate count observations of Silvereyes (page 114 of the GBS Report, Site 15).
I also reported I think with disbelief at the first week ever that I didn't have Starlings and they have declined although that is probably die to other factors, mainly the Myna and less irrigation of sports grounds.
Rosemary asked a very good question. "Is there evidence of a decline in 'small' bird numbers as a result of the removal of habitat in the name of "fire-hazard-removal"? We are in the unique position to be able to go somewhere towards answering this, though it will take several years. The GBS results show that you can't make too much of any one or even two or three years' data. We need several years of data to come up with any believable result. That is why the compilation task for the first 21 years was done.
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