nest abandonment

To: "Judie Peet" <>
Subject: nest abandonment
From: Hugo Phillipps <>
Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2000 13:37:33 +1100
Judie -

At 11:50  2/02/00 +1100, you wrote:
>nestling Fairy Martins which had been  abandoned by
>the parent birds on a property near Dubbo, in central  NSW.     All seemed
>to be going well,  and it was obvious that there were a large number of
>chicks, when suddenly,  without any known reason, ALL of the adult birds
>failed to return after fying  out in the morning.

Could it have been weather-related - such as a sudden cold snap leading to
no food for the nestlings and mass abandonment by (or even death of) the


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