Fewer birds around

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Subject: Fewer birds around
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Fri, 12 May 2023 07:27:15 +0000
Very true comment. Not only in total, but that consideration applies in respect 
of each species. Also it requires data from a wide range of sites. That is why 
The GBS Report ("Canberra Birds: A Report on the first 21 years of the Garden 
Bird Survey") relies so heavily on data compiled over a long time and many 
places and presents graphs that show and text that explains both average 
monthly abundance graphs and long term over many years. Though The GBS report 
is now 20 years old (1981 to 2002) and desperately needs a complete update. 

At COG on Wednesday night for example, Michael Lenz showed how complex the 
numbers issue can be, on just one species (Coots). 


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From: Canberrabirds  
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Sent: Friday, 12 May, 2023 3:58 PM
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Subject: Fewer birds around

Wouldn't you need to take the time of year into account? The long term data for 
bird sightings in Canberra should show whether there's an overall drop year on 

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Sent: Thursday, 11 May, 2023 12:47 PM
Subject: Fewer birds around


I wonder if people noticed fewer birds around lately.
 When doing GBS I would see 25 - 30 species on a walk around the area and now 
perhaps half as many.
I have been surveying the area for 2 years or more and it seemed like there 
have always been good numbers until perhaps 6 months ago.
I look at one of the Holder ponds which always had swamphens moorhens and 
coots. Often fairywren reedwarblers etc. One day the swamphens left and then 
the rest. Perhaps the pond went sour. I used to see ducks visiting there but 
not now. 
I have seen a bit of a return now but ones and twos a like visitors.

I would see a dozen fairywren on a walk around now none. Today I saw a group of 
four, the first I’ve seen for a while. 
Red Wattlebirds were always there, then gone, even the currawongs that nested 
there have been absent.
Grey fantails were very dependable, now I don’t see them.

Perhaps things will change when the Spring arrives.

When we moved in 10 years ago we had skylarks opposite us but haven’t seen them 
in that location for some years. Perhaps they don’t like the development nearby.


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