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"Roger Curnow" <>
Tue, 28 Jun 2011 20:28:09 +1000
Out in H11 i haven’t seen one Dusky woodswallow since June 1.
Last year I could find 37 (? haven’t checked my records) most days.
Sent: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:16 PM
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] winterbirds 2011
Tony – the summary of last year’s exercise is in the list archive for 3 August
2010. There were 5 reports of reed-warblers for those 8 weeks, single
birds at various locations.
impression is that there are less of the targeted species around this
year. Whatever the actual temp readings, I think this Winter has a harder
edge to it.
From: Tony Willis [
28 June 2011 3:45 PM
To: canberrabirds chatline; Ian Anderson;
Subject: [canberrabirds] winterbirds
Last year Geoffrey Dabb conducted an interesting survey on
birds that overwinter in Canberra but belong to species that are generally
accepted as being migrants, that leave us in autumn and return the following
Last Saturday, 25th June, a group of us did a
circumnavigation of Lake Ginniderra, and in the vicinity of the boat ramp at
MacDermott Place we observed this Australian reed-warbler. It was
originally in the reeds but ascended a casuarina as we watched, apparently
searching for food. As far as I remember, it was silent the whole
I think it has been proposed previously that some A. reed-warblers
might stay through winter but are generally overlooked as they are not calling
through this period. We reported an A. reed-warbler last year in the same
location, on the 31st July.
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