What is in a name? - hobbies Melbourne

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Subject: What is in a name? - hobbies Melbourne
From: "michael norris" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 12:27:13 +1000
Anthea Fleming said she does not see Hobbies around Heidelberg these days,
so I checked my records for my area of SE Melbourne.

Our records show a marked decline in the number and distribution of
sightings since 2001.  In that year I have 50 records for the period from
January to July.  This year only 9.  There is a similar trend in the later
months and I suspect the number of breeding pairs has fallen from 3 or 4 to
only one.

Perhaps something has happened to their prey: I hadn't recorded them chasing
rock doves until 2004.. Starlings (the one I have recorded most here) are
perhaps down in numbers, swallows definitely so. So are Willie Wagtails. Perhaps a reduction in insects is affecting both hobbies and some of their prey items.

Michael Norris
Bayside, Melbourne


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