More on Robins

Subject: More on Robins
From: "J&A Flack" <>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 12:22:50 +1000
Dear Birding Aus folk,

I was interested to see Chris Tzaros' report on May 23 regarding the many types 
of Robin in Mandurang State Forest. We used to see all these Robins ourselves 
near the Paddy Ranges (Maryborough, Vic) but now only see lots of Eastern 
Yellows and ONE pair of Hooded's.

I am wondering whether this obvious decline relates to the lack of rainfall in 
the Paddy Ranges area. This has been a noticeable trend for over a decade now 
and has resulted in a lack of groundcover in the bush - that is, the herb and 
grass layer of the forest is markedly lacking.

Also calicivirus seems not to have affected our local bunnies and over recent 
years kangaroos seem to be around in much greater numbers than before.

On a brighter note our most recent visit to the area (29th May) saw us getting 
excellent views of a group of Black -chinned Honeyeaters and a Crested 
Bellbird. The nearest dams being dry, these birds (plus White-naped, 
White-plumed, Yellow-tufted, Grey Shrike-thrush and Eastern Yellow Robin) all 
appreciated the shallow bowl of water we provided for them.

Of interest too is the Owlet Nightjar seen for the second time now in a metal 
pipe which runs horizontally under a tank stand. We have seen a bat in this 
also from time to time and noticed that the sun warming the metal seems to be a 
definite attraction for it, possibly the nightjar too. Who needs nest boxes!?

Jan Flack

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