I suspect that the lack of records is because there is now a student from the ANU working on the birds and those who frequent MF send any observations to her.
Another thing is that I have left the project for her to run and so have not been visiting Mulligans Flat. The Friends etc would note curlews and then the observations would go to the chat-line but possibly this no longer occurs.
Also, like Superb Parrots, sightings are now old hat and not worth bothering about especially as Incidential reports but would be included in a list.
I note that you write about 2 records yet indicate the number of observations is
up from the previous year?
From: Paul Fennell [
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 11:04 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Bush Stone-Curlew status
While I subscribe to the chatline, I tend to be a bit out of touch regarding what is going on in the bird observation world. This is the entry I propose to put in the next Annual Bird Report. Has anyone got any comments to make on its
accuracy, or what might have contributed to such a different result from the previous year, where a total of 48 birds were recorded?
Bush Stone-curlew Burhinus grallarius Reintroduced, rare resident
This species has been reintroduced to the predator free sanctuary within Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve. Declared endangered in NSW.
General: Only 1 sighting of a single bird on 17 Oct at Mulligans Flat (BoJ1). This follows 16 sightings at MFNR between Jul and Apr (BoJ1, GrB1, Bec2, W S1, DaC1 & ClJ3). 1 sighting from the adjoining suburb of Forde 1/7 Apr Forde (EbD1). Up from 11
sightings the previous year.
Editor, COG Annual Bird Report