Back from the Brink

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Woko's picture
Back from the Brink

This morning I was delighted to hear a Diamond Firetail, a species which is nearly extinct in the Mt Lofty Ranges. The last sighting at our place was in October 2013 when a pair visited for about a month. Having had no visits that I'm aware of for over 3 years I feared that the Diamond Firetail was extinct in our area. With all the rain & warm weather we've been having this summer native grasses have flourished & have been providing abundant seed which might be why this individual visited this morning.

doublebar's picture

That's great we need more properties like yours, if the birds are using it as a refuge when anomalies in climate make life difficult for them, then you're doing things right. It's great to see that the nomads of the air know where to seek relief from the ravages of climate change, hopefully they'll adapt to survive total extinction.

For Australian birds, natives=life, exotics=death, so do them a favour and go plant some natives and save their lives.

Woko's picture

Thanks, doublebar. Protecting & creating refuges for species is increasingly critical for their survival. It's sad to read about the destruction by bushfires of populations of Regent Honeyeaters & Mallee Emu Wrens recently. The more extensive the refuge the more chance species threatened by fires have of escaping to untouched habitat.

Fortunately, my strategy for restoring native grasses & herbs is working a treat this season so I'm hoping there are enough seed-eating native birds surviving in our neck of the woods to take advantage of the smorgasbord. 

sue818's picture

Great news. I look forward to hearing more of your visitors.


Woko's picture

No sightings yet but the Diamond Firetail call has been heard 3 days out of 4 this week. The last was about an hour ago when Ms Woko & I were solving the problems of the world over hot drinks & cross buns on our verandah.

Lightuningbird's picture

My dad has a huge flight cage full of goulian finches, all the normal original wild colours, no blues or wellows. 

The orignal is the best, and it’s good to keep the original colours alive.

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