Re: Effect of extreme heat on birds

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Subject: Re: Effect of extreme heat on birds
From: "Stephen Ambrose" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2009 17:18:25 +1100

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Subject: Re: Effect of extreme heat on birds

Just to  stir up conversation on this a bit, does anyone have any stories 
from the recent heat wave in Southern Australia (SA and VIC?)
Over the few weeks,  a eucalypt tree in my back yard has been  flowering 
and attracting 50+ Rainbow Lorikeets each evening.  Last thursday, when 
temperatures reached over 40 degrees for 3 days straight, the tree was 
The last few nights, the birds have been back but not in the same numbers. 
I'm not sure if any deaths have occurred that led to the decrease in 
numbers, or if the tree's nectar source is naturally 'drying' up.

Not exactly a bird anecdote, and I'm not sure how true the story is, but at
least one Koala seems to have had the right idea.

Stephen Ambrose
Ryde, NSW


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