birding-aus Re: Does the moon influence birds at all?

Subject: birding-aus Re: Does the moon influence birds at all?
From: "Carol Probets" <>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 20:40:11 PST

Victoria Quinton asked "does the moon influence birds at all?"

Willie Wagtails and Australian Magpies often sing at night during a full 
moon. One of my fondest and most vivid memories of camping in the 
outback was in 1995 at Merty Merty (near the Strzelecki Track, SA). It 
was the night of a full moon and the beautiful red sand dunes were 
covered with tiny fragrant, mauve Blennodia flowers which glowed in the 
moonlight. There was no-one else in sight, but a Magpie kept me company 
with its soft carolling throughout the night.

The moon also influences migrating birds. Perhaps someone with more 
knowledge of this can give us some information?

Carol Probets

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