Rare bird sitings along Moonee Ponds Ck [what aboutMerri Ck? - both Melb

To: "Dave Torr" <>
Subject: Rare bird sitings along Moonee Ponds Ck [what aboutMerri Ck? - both Melbourne area]
From: Paul Jacobson <>
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2007 14:52:52 +1100
That's a very true observation. A case in point are the Swift Parrot sightings in Royal Park. There were a couple of Swifties in Royal Park for a period of about 1-2 weeks but they show up as 16% as there was a flurry of reports to birdline, whereas Red-Rump Parrots are listed as 32% and I see anywhere between 2 and a dozen virtually every day. Similarly Little Lorikeets are quite plentiful at present - watched 6 preening in a tree top this morning - but they show up as 4%.

So it's while probably advisable to treat the % as highly suspect, but I'd still maintain the species lists tend to be fairly accurate.

Obviously errors do creep in as we all make id mistakes as Dave observes. Places like Melbourne Zoo are also very difficult as many free range birds are part of the collection, and the Eremaea list does seem to include a number of collection species.


On 08/02/2007, at 2:25 PM, Dave Torr wrote:

My experience with looking at Eremaea for some sites leads me to believe that the rarities get reported rather more readily than the common birds - not a fault of the software of course but again something than you need to
be aware of.


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