Window collisions

To: "Dave Torr" <>
Subject: Window collisions
From: "Wendy" <>
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2006 09:59:47 +1000
Sorry David,
I was not having a go at you.
I strongly agree that windows and wind farms are not the greatest threat to our 
wildlife!Climate change, habitat destruction, introduced ferals (cat, fox, 
Indian Miner, weeds etc), cars, indiscriminate herbicide/pesticide use, litter, 
oil/toxic spills etc etc etc are a MUCH greater hazard to birds (and all 
wildlife) than windows.
It was just when I thought on it I was surprised by my own observations.

From: Dave Torr
  To: Wendy
  Cc: Birding-aus
  Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 8:37 AM
  Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Window collisions

  Of course there will be deaths from window collisions of more "desirable" 
birds, especially on the edge of cities. My point was merely that most 
buildings are in towns and most birds in towns are relatively common and/or 
feral species, so whilst of course the window deaths are regrettable they are 
not particularly likely to have an impact on endangered species - especially as 
these same urban areas contain a lot of cats which probably kill far more birds 
than windows (or wind farms) ever will.

  On 06/09/06, Wendy <> wrote:
    Hi All,

    I grew up on the very edge of Geelong, (sth Vic). We had a bush garden but 
there was no bush for miles. Sadly the first (and only???) Shining Bronze 
Cuckoo I've ever seen was one that killed itself flying into window glass there 
when I was young.

    About a year ago at a house/office near Merri Creek (Brunswick, Melbourne, 
Vic) a pardalote nearly came to grief when it flew into one of the windows. It 
took quite a time to recover from the collision but did eventually fly off and 
I was relieved to see no blood so I hope there was no permanent damage. The 
species, which unfortunately I do not recall, was not the one seen on the creek.

    I do hear and see Indian Turtledoves fly into windows on occasions but I've 
not seen one die as a result
    SO my point
    Less or uncommon native birds fly/die at windows in urban areas - sadly not 
only ferals.

    wendy moore

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