Gang Gang and COG survey question

To: "Jenny Smits" <>, "'Canberra Birds'" <>
Subject: Gang Gang and COG survey question
From: pete cranston <>
Date: Sat, 05 Apr 2014 11:32:59 +1100
In support of Jenny's question. Gang gangs can be seen on or cloe to ANU campus seemingly year-round. They are fed regularly in the early morning outside Bruce Hall and disperse thereafter towards ANBG and Black Mountain, or elsewhere on campus. They feed on range of ornamentals on campus and CSIRO site, but for the past month seem to use especially Melia azadarach fruits, including close to BoZo (as was). Every time this year I have been to University House grounds in the evening there are several, includng a pair (m, f) feeding at eye-height on Melia fruit on Thursday (3rd April) at dusk, undeterred by very heavy rain.

At 11:13 05/04/2014, Jenny Smits wrote:
Family of three gang gangs in my liquid amber as I write.
Could I clarify something for the COG Gang Gang Survey ? I see gang gangs nearly every day in Deakin. They are often in my liquid amber this time of year, across the road at my bosses (Stonehaven Cres) or at La Trobe Park, Deakin. My sightings are only incidental and are generally the same family group of 3.
I wonder whether it is important to the COG survey to enter each sighting everyday even though it is the same group, in the same place, feeding on the same forage? I guess it depends on the question the survey is trying to ask?
Thanks in advance
Jenny Smits
From: Mark Clayton
Sent: Saturday, 5 April 2014 10:37 AM
To: 'calyptorhynchus .'; 'Canberra Birds'
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Lorikeets in Hughes (and Gang-Gangs)
Hi John,
I think point number 2 covers what happens when it is wet. I can?t see where Gang-gangs would go in wet weather as the whole area was pretty wet in that period.
With the Rainbow Lorikeets in my area (Kaleen), yesterday I had two feeding in the rain in the tree in my front yard where I reported 5 birds a week or so ago. I am yet to be convinced that the birds we see locally are anything other than aviary escapees and email conversations with several people tend to agree with me. Despite the rain I stood under the tree and watched them for about 10 minutes ? sorry, no Gang-gangs but I am waiting for them to arrive in a neighbour?s yard where they fed in a Hawthorn last year.
From: calyptorhynchus .
Sent: Saturday, 5 April 2014 9:47 AM
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Lorikeets in Hughes (and Gang-Gangs)
A flock of eight Rainbow Lorikeets screeching past in Hughes this morning.
No Gang-Gangs in Hughes since the 24 March (when the rain started). I had seen or heard them almost daily since the beginning of the year till then.
When people have entered all their Gang-Gang data at the COG/ALA site it will be interesting to see if all GG records in the ACT ceased in this wet weather. If they did it could either be because:
1. GGs leave Canberra in wet weather
2. Observers don't get out and GGs are less vocal/obvious in wet weather.
Or a combination of 1 and 2.
John Leonard
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