the aftermath of the blitz

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Subject: the aftermath of the blitz
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2018 12:05:20 +0000
My comment was about that one species at that one site and that it is really
weird to not encounter any for a whole two hours there. The habitat is as it
always is (except drier). The context indicating that they are normally
always there. That said, now I look again, there were 5 other surveys I did,
that I also did not encounter them at all, and indeed I only encountered a
total of two SFW on surveys over both days. So even with reduced effort, I
normally would encounter many of them at all or at least most of these
sites. So depending on other results, that suggests this may be a very low
year for them. Likely due to drought, though that is only a guess.

I guess I should fill in another survey sheet for around my home. The male
of the pair of SFW currently around my home (though I suspect more than one)
has no tail.

On a broader topic, the only "interesting" birds I got were 1 Dollarbird on
Urambi Hills, and a flock of about 20 Masked Woodswallows at Pine Island


-----Original Message-----
From: Geoffrey Dabb 
Sent: Monday, 29 October, 2018 6:36 PM
Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] the aftermath of the blitz

Habitat specific little chaps.  At Callum Brae you can get a reasonable
tally, but only at or near exotic tangles eg blackberries, not in open
woodland.  I think the abundant Noisy Miner might have contributed to that
marked habitat preference.  At Campbell Park I had only 2 pairs, at separate
locations, both in exotic tangles.

-----Original Message-----
From: Sue Beatty <>
Sent: Monday, 29 October 2018 6:04 PM
To: 'Alison Mackerras' <>;

Subject: the aftermath of the blitz

That's odd, I didn't notice any on either the Nursery Swamp track or up in
the Brindabellas either.

-----Original Message-----
From: Alison Mackerras <>
Sent: Monday, 29 October 2018 5:51 PM
Subject: the aftermath of the blitz

I agree with Philip about the lack of superb fairy-wrens. I only saw 6 all
weekend - one group of three and three singles. Usually at Causarina Sands
and along the Molonglo (near the RSPCA) there is another group every 100
metres or so.


Funny, most years by mid day Monday there is a swag of messages about
observations. I did a lot less than I usually do, partly due to a problem
with my car and I missed the better sites I usually do. But I think birds
well down on all other years. I got no cuckoos, no robins, only 2 kestrels
among raptors, not a lot really. Two hours on Mt Taylor without a single
Superb Fairy-wren, that has to be a first. But they are at my home and I
suspect they may have a nest in my neighbour's yard. ....


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