calling? or flushing?

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Subject: calling? or flushing?
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2007 13:05:11 +1000
Hi All,

I have problems, personally with playing recordings of bird calls just to tick them - though I have sometimes used other sounds and whistles, because I then figure they're coming to look out of curiosity, rather than territorial challenge.

However, I have similar problems about people tramping through areas of bush or heath in an effort to deliberately 'flush' a bird from cover. I have even read of this method being used to survey areas for Ground Parrots, and the like. In fact, I think this is probably likely to have a more detrimental effect than call playback. If an individual accidentally flushes a bird when walking through an area of bush, then that is one thing, but a line of people systematically traversing an area of heath would surely make that a very unattractive area for a species to continue to inhabit!

John Tongue

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