Re: Rockwarbler + change of Population?

To: canberra birds <>
Subject: Re: Rockwarbler + change of Population?
From: Susanne Gardiner <>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2008 08:03:44 +0000 (GMT)
Hi Andrew
did you see any Rockwarblers?
Had to think of you, because I did (in Kangaroo Valley).
Also saw a male Lyrebird. - again not shy, but checking out what I was doing there...
I haven't really been doing bird surveys, but have always looked for birds around me. Keeping lists is something new to me. Previously I occasionally wrote dates in my birdbook. So I can't back up the following observation.
In K.V. I saw - for the first time (and I used to live there) -  Yellow-tufted and Yellow-Faced Honeyeaters. A Friend who lives there, but is not a birdwatcher, just very observant, mentioned that they see a lot of "new" birds.
Have there generally been notable changes in the range of bird species over the last few years? May it be because of the draught, predators/other species, human feeding and landscape changes or because that's what birds do?

--- On Sat, 9/8/08, Susanne Gardiner <> wrote:
From: Susanne Gardiner <>
Subject: [canberrabirds] Re: Rockwarbler at Pigeon House
To: "canberra birds" <>
Received: Saturday, 9 August, 2008, 1:39 AM

Hi Andrew
this might not be very helpful, but from memory (10-14 yrs ago) and from other rock warbler experiences: Just sit still and watch them hop around on the rocks.
We saw them right up on top of Pidgeon House every time we went up there.
My experience is that they are not very shy und come very close. (But then I would have said that also of Lyrebirds until I heard Ian Frazer talking about them on 666 a couple of weeks ago.)
I have seen rockwarblers also in Kangaroo Valley, were the cliffs are more exposed than not, including a nest in a cave. Though this was on private property.
Good luck,

--- On Fri, 8/8/08, Andrew, David <> wrote:
A week or so ago someone on the mailing list mentioned seeing Rockwarbler at Pigeon House Mtn (sorry, I don't know its 'new' name) near Ulladulla - I'll be in the vicinity over the weekend and was wondering if someone could advise how best to see this sp. at the site or give directions to other sites nearby. 
All leads appreciated!
David Andrew

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