Re: Effect of extreme heat on birds

To: "Stephen Ambrose" <>
Subject: Re: Effect of extreme heat on birds
From: "Karen" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2009 18:44:30 +1100
I've had quite a few dead baby Mynahs around my property in South Warrandyte, Victoria. Also a dead ringtail out in the paddocks presumably from the heat. I managed to set up an extra bird bath near our boundary which has a good tree-line . It became quite busy, with one afternoon even having 7 Choughs asleep around the rim of it. It was set up by a leaking tap that I was trying to get fixed. I think between the small puddle from the tap, which was just as busy, plus the birdbath it kept many birds watered during the few 41 to 45 degree days we had. They were almost queuing up for it!

My small dam has completely dried up for the first time in the 4 years I've been here so the local kangaroos are making use of all my horses' water troughs.


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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