|To:||Terry Bird <>|
|Subject:||In defence of goldfinches|
|From:||Martin Butterfield <>|
|Date:||Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:53:31 +0000|
I certainly remember the event Terry mentions. Interestingly I was at more or less the same site about three months ago and again there was a big flock of Goldfinches.
The species seemed to get the daylights knocked out of it by the drought in the noughties. From memory COG General records, GBS records and the Greening Australia Survey all showed Goldfinches declining significantly. However once a bit of rain came in about 2010 they began to recover quite well and are now quite common where there are good supplies of food (eg Hoskinstown Plain). They've still got a good way to go to match Mark's memories however.
On 18 August 2016 at 16:46, Terry Bird <> wrote:
For most British born Australians and others,
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