Thank you, Martin, and spoken like a statistician. We are speaking of typical gardens here. One of the distortions of the GBS is that it takes in non-garden areas, eg chunks of nature parks. The proposition that ducks nest in tree hollows in gardens will come as a surprise to the average Canberra gardener.
From: martin butterfield [
Sent: Saturday, 14 April 2012 12:39 PM
To: Geoffrey Dabb
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Canberra Birds for beginners
Nice try, but I don't think a cigar can be awarded.
Many gardens get visits from waterbirds (eg White-faced Herons knocking off goldfish from 2m square ponds, Australian Wood Ducks and Pacific Black Ducks doing what ducks do (eg grazing on lawns, nesting in tree hollows).
Whether open country birds turn up is a matter of where the garden is located and what is there that might interest the birds. Both Skylarks and Australasian Pipits have been reported reasonably often in the GBS (Skylark at least once in 28/30 years and Australasian Pipit at least once in 29/30 years).
On Sat, Apr 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM, Geoffrey Dabb <> wrote: