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Subject: sparrows
From: "Terry Bishop" <>
Date: 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 orchard/vineyard/farm dams. I personally think the drought has been the main offender in disturbing/redistributing bird populations.

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