Fwd: [Birding-Aus] Unseasonable weather and birding [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

To: Margaret Leggoe <>
Subject: Fwd: [Birding-Aus] Unseasonable weather and birding [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Thu, 29 May 2014 10:59:28 +1000

Looking at the ABR for 2012-13 shows that there were only 18 breeding records for this species, so it is important that a data sheet is supplied.  The records come from 27 Jul to 7 Mar so I'd say this is "a bit" unusual and would send it - including lat-long to Lynda.


On 29 May 2014 10:43, Margaret Leggoe <> wrote:

Not sure how unseasonable this is.

At Kelly’s swamp, a pair of purple swamp hens are feeding 3 dependent young that appear to be around a week old.  I can post photo later in the day.

Margaret Leggoe.


From: Martin Butterfield [
Sent: Thursday, 29 May 2014 10:40 AM
To: COG List
Subject: [canberrabirds] Fwd: [Birding-Aus] Unseasonable weather and birding [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


I have attached a message sent to birding-aus recently.  Lynda has replied to a query from me that what they are particularly "referring to the unusually warm weather being experienced in the last month."  This probably means that waiting for records to uploaded to the COG DB will be too late for her purposes.


Probably the sort of sighting she'd be interested in is the flock of about 20 White-naped Honeyeaters - presumably migrating - which just disturbed me from digging in my new strawberry patch.  I rarely record these in my Carwoola GBS site and the latest Annual Bird Report shows the last GBS bird in 2013 was 7 May.






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From: Lynda Chambers <>
Date: 27 May 2014 09:39
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Unseasonable weather and birding [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
To: "" <m("","birding-aus");" target="_blank">>

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology is interested in mapping the impact of the unseasonable weather we are currently experiencing on plants and animals. If you have observed something that you believe is uncommon for this time of year, e.g. migration or breeding records, I would be most interested in hearing from you. You can contact me directly at <mailto:m("","L.Chambers");" target="_blank">>



Dr Lynda Chambers
Principal Research Scientist
Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research
Bureau of Meteorology
GPO Box 1289 Melbourne VIC 3001
Level 9, 700 Collins Street, Docklands VIC 3008
Tel: +61 3 96694784 | m("","L.Chambers");" target="_blank"><mailto:m("","L.Chambers");" target="_blank">><>

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