Could Blitz data be used as indicators of drough impact?

To: "'martin butterfield'" <>, "'Michael & Janette Lenz'" <>
Subject: Could Blitz data be used as indicators of drough impact?
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2008 19:38:08 +1100

Re the LF.  Perhaps an interesting barometer species.  I recorded only 3 obs:  one calling across the C Brae fence in Mugga Mugga property, a pair calling west of Mugga Lane, probably breeding, and a pair at Majura with the female on the nest.  As to the Grey Fantails, perhaps they have left the general (now dry) woodlands and concentrated in the moister areas where there is still a lot of that small flying insect life.   I am sure that in the right places you can find lots of them.  However they are USUALLY much more widespread and conspicuous.   I got no Dollarbirds or (as in Steve and Martin’s little joke) S(ca)red Kingfishers.


From: martin butterfield [
Sent: Monday, 27 October 2008 6:47 PM
To: Michael & Janette Lenz
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Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Could Blitz data be used as indicators of drough impact?


Although out of the blitz area, here at Carwoola, Rufous Whistlers and Grey Fantails are very conspicuous at the moment.  However I have not yet seen nor heard a Leaden Flycatcher this year (but lots of Noisy Friarbirds).  Also no Dollarbirds or Scared Kingfishers.


On Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 6:30 PM, Michael & Janette Lenz <> wrote:

 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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