Re: Double bars Aranda Bushland

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Subject: Re: Double bars Aranda Bushland
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2012 16:40:38 +1100
Yes I too saw a few at the the zoo, on the two most recent times I went there, these being 4-4-2009 and 17-1-2011.
Also of minor relevance, the first time I visited Canberra on 30 or 31 -1-1974 I saw and photographed a small group of Double Bar Finches at the Aust National Botanic Gardens, in an area that I guess would now be the Tasmanian section. I don't believe I have ever seen the species at ANBG in the 28 years I have resided in Canberra.
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From: Erika Roper [
Sent: Monday, 27 February 2012 3:32 PM
To: Bruce Bell
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Re: Double bars Aranda Bushland

I saw a few at the the zoo (in the bbq area) on Jan 12. They were feeding with red browed finches.

On Feb 24, 2012 4:04 PM, "Bruce Bell" <> wrote:

Hi all (and hullo Peter!),


Formerly of Aranda (1990-2010) where I had not seen them at all.  Now at Murrumbateman I see them in quite small flocks (family groups?) every two to three days around the house garden (which is in horse paddocks, fairly open lawn with patches of shrubs/trees).  Generally notice them initially from their calls. Also the very occasional red-brow; only in good cover and possibly just passing through?


Cheers, Bruce Bell



From: boy nature [
Sent: Friday, 24 February 2012 1:29 PM
To: Peter Ormay;
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Re: Double bars Aranda Bushland


That is so weird, I was just thinking about this very topic. I hadnt seen them for ages. (and I do think I take notice as I kept finches for 29 years)
Then on Monday I saw 2 when I was at Calvary hospital, just near the dam. And thought exactly the same as what you said below.


----- Original Message -----

From: Peter Ormay

Sent: 02/24/12 09:55 AM


Subject: [canberrabirds] Re: Double bars Aranda Bushland


Hi all,

heard and then saw two Double Bars in the Aranda Bushland 23 Feb '12 1100h.  I haven't heard or seen any in the ACT for over 12months but I may not have been in the right places. I used to feed them occasionally at my place in Aranda in the '70's and the maximum attending was 43. I saw a cat take one one morning and I stopped feeding them.


Have others noticed a decline?






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