"Peter Waanders" <>
"Dave Torr" <>
Mon, 3 Jul 2006 18:19:11 +1000
Thanks Peter - yes it would be interesting to calculate the odds that an
obscure bird landing in an obscure town (apologies to the locals!) would be
seen! And if it had been in a remote paddock on a large station.....
On 03/07/06, Peter Waanders <> wrote:
I think Dave Torr hit the nail on the head - given the low numbers of
birders, and the vastness of the continent, it's much more likely to be a
case of vagrants turning up in many places, but not being found. Ask any
birder how many more rarities are being found there nowadays compared to
20 years ago - due to a large increase in the numbers of birders and their
mobility. A statistician could have a field day (applying some basic
assumptions) about the odds of vagrants being found.
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