Around Canberra on Sunday

To: "Jerry Bishop" <>
Subject: Around Canberra on Sunday
From: "martin butterfield" <>
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2008 16:58:27 +1100
Jerry, Sandra
Thanks for the comments about House Sparrows.
WRT to the NLA, when we started off I think we were quite certain we'd pick sparrows up somewhere along the route so just zoomed off to tick the Pied Cormorants.  Coming back we were again focussed on other things - after 12 hours in saddle or on the hoof, and 60km, we were concentrating fairly well on getting our cars to my mate's house in Hughes and cracking a beer (or, as it turned out, two).
I agree that the vicintiy of the visitors book at the Sewage Ponds is usually very reliable for house sparrows and I did pause briefly for a look round for them.  But it was still early in the day so didn't hunt too hard (more correctly, not hard enough).

On Mon, Mar 3, 2008 at 4:37 PM, Jerry Bishop <> wrote:



I too have noted the lack of House Sparrows and have been remarking on it to those who might be interested in such things for over a year now.  About the only places that seem to guarantee a sighting are the upper deck of the Belconnen Mall car park and the immediate vicinity of the visitor's book at the Fyshwick Treatment Works.


They were common in my neighbourhood (lower Flynn) until the dreaded Common (Indian) Myna invasion which started about three years ago.  The two appear to compete for nesting spaces.


Jerry Bishop

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