Re: birding-aus Birds on Lord Howe Island

To: Richard Jordan <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Birds on Lord Howe Island
From: Julian Bielewicz <>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 06:17:13 +1000


At 11:36 23/03/1999 +1100, you wrote:

>Just a quick note about some birding observations on LHI during a
>visit over the last couple of weeks:

>Woodhen - a worrying absence around the settled area. When I was there
>four years ago they were easy to find around Somerset, the Museum etc -
>not a single one this time - but a big increase in numbers of Buff-
>banded Rail. Could there be a connection? Also, there were three 
>episodes we observed of dogs running free (until recently dogs were 
>banned, now certain breeds are allowed - supposedly under restraint).

The decline must surely have been noticable as far back as 1996.  Fay and I
ventured out there and were assurred by many locals that the Woodhen was ALL
OVER THE SETTLEMENT.  Frequent daily searches did not produce one specimen
in and around the immediate settlement.

We eventually found a fair number in the "woodlands" out on the walk to
Little Edward(?).


Julian Bielewicz
Past President
Queensland Ornithological Society
12 Florence Street
Kippa-Ring Q. 4021 Australia

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