First recorded Common Blackbird in ACT

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Subject: First recorded Common Blackbird in ACT
From: "John Layton" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2008 19:42:04 +1000
I note that the first recorded sighting of a Common Blackbird in the ACT was in August 1949 (Wilson 1999) and seem to recall – source now forgotten – it was reported from an Acton garden by Mrs.Ratcliffe wife of F. N. Ratcliffe, who was with the then CSIRO Division of Wildlife Research, and I think he  became chief of the Division. Does anyone know a reference that would confirm this as I'm planning an essay about the Common Blackbird in Australia and may like to include this information. Ratcliffe also wrote what became a bit of an Australian classic, Flying Fox and Drifting Sand.
John K. Layton
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