"Philip Veerman" <>
Mon, 6 Feb 2012 18:24:38 +1100
reckon that is probably correct, in my limited time. Although I have encountered
them around Tharwa visitors centre and several sites around there in recent
years. I certainly had them on my GBS in my early years in Kambah but not for
many years since. Though that is just me. Actually it is curious to note from
The GBS Report that their annual pattern of abundance is incredibly strongly
marked, (normally low numbers in summer), whereas their long term abundance is
all over the place, in a complete lack of trend. Few species have such a strong
difference of concludability (I don't think that is a word but run with it
anyway) between the two graphs. I'm sure this latter is mainly due to
sampling issues and that the species (within the context of the
GBS) mostly inhabits suburban outskirts, that are probably the more
variable participants year by year in the GBS. After all it was only recorded on
an average of 7% of sites per year.
I don't know Mark's early history and whether his memory reported here about
was once quite common locally goes back before the
GBS started in 1981. (I sort of think, yes it does ....)
As I was leaving CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences ( The old Wildlife
Division under its various names) I saw a Restless Flycatcher, the first I have
seen in the ACT – I did hear one 2 years ago near Gundaroo – in about 4 years.
This is a species that was once quite common locally but as Canberra has
expanded is becoming increasingly uncommon to my eyes and a species where we
need to get ALL recordings into the COG database. I will be putting an
incidental record sheet in for this sighting.
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