Re: Do the birds know something we don't?

Subject: Re: Do the birds know something we don't?
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2003 11:01:39 +1000

Jan wrote "Something that is puzzling me is the number of birds that are nesting while its still officially winter. "

Many Australian birds commence nesting soon after the winter solstice, responding to increasing day length rather than any official calendar.  I've just come back from the Bundarra - Barraba area west of Armidale on the Northern Tablelands of NSW.  While I was there I located six nests of Eastern Yellow Robins (all containing eggs) without looking for them.  Admittedly Yellow Robins don't always go to great lengths to ensure that their nests are hard to find.

I always expect to start finding nests in July.



David Geering
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