ANBG today

To: 'Steve Read' <>, "" <>
Subject: ANBG today
From: "" <>
Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2020 23:02:25 +0000

That is interesting, Steve.  Here at Jerrabomberra we had a lot of wattlebirds throughout the spring (more than usual) but in the past few weeks they have all disappeared. Over the past four weeks of my GBS count I have not recorded a Red Wattlebird.




Lindsay Hansch


From: Steve Read <>
Sent: Sunday, 16 February 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.






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