FW: Double-barred Finches

To: "martin butterfield" <>,"Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Subject: FW: Double-barred Finches
From: "boy nature" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2012 08:10:09 -0400
The original email was me, trying to be quick, as email here is limited. anyway, to respond.
1) The Double barred finch is called Owl finch in America. Ive kept finches for 30 years, and been a judge and Ive never heard it called that here, tho some may disagree, no probs. In Europe they also often call it `Bichenos',
2) It is obvious Double bars have increased in No. and expanded their range over the last 200 years.  BUT I think it is locally declining because in the spots 'IN THE PAST' where it was found, it isnt anymore. eg Lyneham & N Lyne, Pinnacle, Lower Molonglo, Ginninderra river, Giralang, Kaleen, Murrumbidgee,. I mean check ABR and GBS for repeated observations. simple. It should stand out. NOW- Whether these suburbs have also changed vegetatively which has changed their suitability- well this is a very possible explanation.
3) Butters! I am the main enforcer of the PBP (of course this doesnt exist, but I believe in it, heh heh), and also The only continuing member of the Canberra Finch Club (CFC) of the past 18 years (Initial Founding member), past CFC President, and as my sisters/Fam- pose it 'Finch lover'! u are wrong, but maybe that is just me. {& yes I constantantly have to reconcile that finches use non native veg- but I will do it.! :)}


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