Build a Bluebird Trail (Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin by Dale Evva Gelfand

By Dale Evva Gelfand

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However, for the mostly allopatric (non-overlapping) subspecies mentioned above, genetic factors controlling the timing of breeding are difficult to separate from environmental factors. 3 Nomadic species that breed in response to unpredictable rainfall are adapted to breed at any time of the year. 4 Some species exhibit different breeding seasons in different habitats. For example, Hooded Plover on the ocean beaches of eastern Australia breed from August to March while on the salt-lakes of Western Australia, the breeding season seems less well defined but includes winter (but also see points 1 and 2 above).

The index is the ratio of the number of papers on breeding that have been published (study output) divided by the percentage of Nest Record Scheme sheets available for each species (an index of the relative ease of locating breeding events). The higher the index, the greater the study effort. 32 Breeding ecology vastness of the continent and the opportunistic nature of many Australian-breeding shorebirds. 5). This bias is even more perplexing, given the concern that a number of endemic species are threatened by processes which depress their reproductive success, such as disturbance or introduced or superabundant native predators.

When the birds actually take to the air, they wheel around in excited flocks calling loudly. When everything goes well, the birds continue to gain height, form ordered flocks in line, echelon or ‘V’ formations and set off purposefully to the north. Flock sizes are typically between 30 and 100 birds and typically contain only one or a few species of similar size. Once migratory flights have begun, they are much harder to watch, in part because departures occur around dusk. Shorebirds fly throughout the night, so when the next day dawns they are often hundreds of kilometres from any focal point for observations.

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