As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday 17 March 2013

Rare bird makes resurgence


March 15, 2013, midnight 

NOBODY is completely sure why the threatened Malleefowl is showing signs of resurgence according to Victorian Malleefowl Recovery Group secretary Ross Macfarlane, but this bird-buff has a theory of his own. 

Mr Macfarlane said the recovery group, which annually monitors the nesting sites of the local bird, had recorded dramatic increases in its population across the past 12 months. 

"It's quite extraordinary," he said. 

"We've had reports of people who have seen up to 88 [Malleefowl] counted along a 10km stretch of road." 

Mr Macfarlane said an upcoming presentation in Ouyen by Malleefowl authority Dr Joe Benshemesh would likely shed more light on the increase in bird sightings, but that hasn't stopped the feather-fanatic from putting forward a theory of his own. 

"My speculation is that along with dry winter there was good soil moisture, so the birds have had a good few seasons," he said. 

For more on this story, see Friday’s edition of The Guardian (15/03/13). 

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