"birding aus" <>
"Terry Bishop" <>
Mon, 27 Feb 2006 09:26:43 +1100
Around Orange there has been a definite decrease in sparrows. There has been
no shortage of insects and bugs during Spring and Summer. I usually have a
few white-plumed honeyeaters nesting in the Strawberry tree out the front
but the population has been zero this year. There has also been a large
decrease in sightings of red wattlebirds and striped honeyeaters even though
there are are large number of flowering bottlebrushes, wattles ect. There
has been a large increase in blackbirds & starlings. Many flocks of pink
cockatoos (talk about noise)!!!) have been in the area since the drought.
There has also been an increase of silver gulls on a few of the large
I personally think the drought has been the main offender in
disturbing/redistributing bird populations.
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