Birds in Snow & a Hobart Drongo

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Subject: Birds in Snow & a Hobart Drongo
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Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2007 11:30:50 +1000
Hello all,

Its been pretty cold in Tassie over the last couple of weeks and the birds have 
been a bit quieter than usual. During the coldest week (week before this one) 
we had a bit of snow which was exciting for a northerner like myself. I spent a 
day wandering around the Hartz Mountains National park, mostly taking snowscape 

Very few birds were present in the cold conditions. Whether they move downslope 
or just become more quiet would be interesting to know. I did see a Striated 
Fieldwren (Calamanthus) at mid-day which even did a bit of posing and singing 
so it looks as though they may stay put in the snow. I had the wrong camera 
lens fitted of course so no photos. I'd be interested to hear about any 
observations people have of bird behaviour during snow conditions. In your 
opinion do they move?

I saw a drongo on the Thomas Crawford Trail at the University of Tasmania on 
Friday. You could say that this isn't surprising as there are plenty of drongos 
in Hobart but this was a Spangled Drongo (no, not a drongo in drag). I gather 
that they are a rare vagrant to Tasmania- they weren't recorded in the last 

Yesterday, I helped (well sort of) out with a winter wader count in the Sorell 
area (Orielton Lagoon). Of the waders that have stayed behind over winter were 
of the order of 150 Red-necked Stints and 29 Bar-tailed Godwits.

My desktop computer, and hence access to my website, has been down for about 3 
weeks now hence the lack of updates to the website. Hopefully I'll be able to 
get back to it before long.



Michael Todd
PhD Candidate- Tasmanian Masked Owl
School of Zoology,
University of Tasmania,
Private Bag 05, Hobart, Tasmania 7001
0410 123715,

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