Global Warming

Dear All, It goes without saying that anyone exposed to its effects in the field, knows that Global Warming is very real. The naysayers, mostly motivated by economics, politics or just complete denial of the evidence like the rapid rise in CO2 levels paralleling human activity, ie ignorance, claim that it is a natural cycle . . . → Read More: Global Warming

A Siege of Great Egrets

I don’t know how many Great Egrets you have seen at one time in one place but on two recent trips to Thompson’s Beach north of Adelaide in South Australia I’ve seen over 100 on each occasion. The details are on my blog: https://www.ararelitus.com/birds-1 I’d appreciate any information on large sitings as my experience . . . → Read More: A Siege of Great Egrets

nesting and feeding behaviour

Do birds break up their territories around nesting and feeding. Our garden here in wilmington SA is a hotspot for birds, having water, multiple layers of vegetation and most of the surrounding area has been cleared. Consequently, we have lots of birds in the garden even compared to the Heritage listed bush on the . . . → Read More: nesting and feeding behaviour

Inland dotterels and a false dichotomy

Gary,

During the 1983 drought I saw inland dotterels on the Whyalla-Kimba road (lat 33o06.34″S in google earth). This and your observations are a long way south of where I’d normally expect to see them. I’m hearing of black honeyeaters and crimson chats further south than they are normally seen too. I remember these . . . → Read More: Inland dotterels and a false dichotomy

Global ‘insect apocalypse’ severity called into question by new research – ABC News

www.abc.net.au/news/science/2020-04-24/insect-apocalypse-new-research-less-severe/12172318

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inland dotterels and global warming

I just saw three inland dotterels between Quorn and wilmington south australia-many 100's of kilometres further south than I have ever seen them before. The two seen well were in breeding plumage. I assume they have come South due to lack of rain due to global warming. since we have been allowed to move . . . → Read More: inland dotterels and global warming

Sparrows and starlings

Our resident sparrows here in Mulgoa Valley disappeared when the then neighbours left with their horses. About five years ago. But House Sparrows have also vanished elsewhere. Was thus amazed to see a single male in North Penrith Bunnings garden dept a couple of weeks ago. Lack of insects to feed their young said to . . . → Read More: Sparrows and starlings

Guiding in Sturt National Park – September 2020

I am at the Mount Wood Homestead rom 25-30 September. Does anyone know of someone who might be interested in doing some bird guiding on a day or two during that period? If so, please let me know. Best wishes, Alistair 0403 248 167 . . . → Read More: Guiding in Sturt National Park – September 2020

Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 81, Issue 25

We have on the Bellarine Peninsula large flocks of at least 300 Starlings flying in instant unison of directional change, scaring the tripes out of our Australian Hobby or Collared Sparrowhawk marauders that must be seeing a huge menacing single bird in action. Back to that Skylark methinks.

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Starlings and Indian Mynahs.

Hi Cathy,

As Stephen Ambrose noted, architects are designing buildings which are not conducive to birds, nesting or roosting. In cities, targeting pigeons in particular, starlings as well.

I have seen a large colony of Mynahs nesting in a hole in an ancient Angophora in Mulgoa, in the now Walleroo Nature Reserve, . . . → Read More: Starlings and Indian Mynahs.