ANBG today

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Subject: ANBG today
From: "calyptorhynchus ." <>
Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2020 09:42:32 +0000
A couple of weeks ago I was in our back yard and thump!, a Red Wattlebird just dropped out of a tree on to the ground. It was twitching and had its eyes open when when I first looked at it, but had died a few seconds later. It was a day or so after the very hot days, so I guess it was the change in temperature that did it in.

John Leonard

On Sun, 16 Feb 2020 at 19:45, Chris Davey <> wrote:

Steve, as noted in my email of 14 Feb I had a flock of 27 Red Wattlebird heading over my garden flying north-west about 10 days ago now and no RW in the garden since then.


Sad to find a beautiful specimen of a juvenile Sacred Kingfisher on the front garden today. Obviously a window casualty but glad that the ANWC will take the carcase.




From: Steve Read [
Sent: Sunday, February 16, 2020 5:10 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] ANBG today


I wandered through the Australian National Botanic Gardens this morning – full bird-list at Small birds (White-browed Scrub-wren &c) were active, but unusually I saw no Red Wattlebirds and only heard a brief call from one. On previous visits of similar length over the last 12 months I have seen or heard 15, 6, 15, 22, 10, 6. 3, 7, 8, 5 and 12.


Have others noticed a marked exodus of Red Wattlebirds from particular areas this summer, or a relative paucity of Red Wattlebirds from the ANBG currently?


The gardens looked better than expected after the hailstorm. I suspect a major clean-up was undertaken. Many of the eucalypt stands had lost much of their canopy, but regeneration had already started. A few trunks in the upper parts of the gardens showed scars from individual hailstones, but this phenomenon was not as marked as higher up Black Mountain.






John Leonard

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