Could Blitz data be used as indicators of drough impact?

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Subject: Could Blitz data be used as indicators of drough impact?
From: "Michael & Janette Lenz" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2008 18:30:08 +1100

 My Blitztour took me as 2times before around the lower and upper western slopes of  Mt Ainslie and the upper slopes on the East side (thus getting no where near the Campbell Park area). This path takes me through some of the key areas for the Leaden Flycatcher (LF). But I failed to find any although Noisy Friarbirds (the species the LF likes to associate while nesting) were still common. The Rufous Whistler was also absent, and Grey Fantails were encountered just twice. Thus Mt Ainslie observations echo some of the impressions that Geoffrey and Barbara shared with us. Mark?s account from the Grassland Reserves is also disappointing. I would have expected at least Pipits.


Hopefully, data from grids in Canberra Nature Parks that are monitored in the same way each year, can be used to give a measure of the drought impact (and hopefully, in due course, of recovery).


On the positive side at Mt Ainslie, 3 singing males of the Yellow Robin (more than ever before) , 1 pair of Speckled Warblers with 2 fledglings and a Little Eagle.


Michael Lenz

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