This indicates another, and earlier route, was used to infiltrate SEQ. If blackbirds then spread undetected along the Great Dividing Range, this could explain their arrival in the Toowoomba area several years prior to reaching the Granite Belt from NSW.From: Wendy Dunn <Wendy.Dunn@bigpond.com>
Subject: Re: blackbirds Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2008 12:28:33 +1000
I had a feeling you were going to ask that question. I'll have a look
around at my notes but I'm not sure if I wrote that down, however two more
members of the Field Nats heard the bird as well and I'll be catching up on
them in two weeks time (they are on holiday) between us we should be able to
come up with a rough date, I know it's over 10 years. I'll be in contact at
a later date,
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From: "Michael Atzeni" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2008 7:52 AM
Subject: RE: blackbirds
Thanks for this report. Would be very interested to know what year
that was. Is there any way of finding out?
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Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2008 12:38:03 +1000
> Dear Michael,
>responding to an article in the BQ newsletter about Blackbirds.
>I have not seen or heard of Blackbirds in the Boonah area, however
>many years ago one male was calling for about 3/4weeks within the
>town, then nothing. Never to be seen or heard of again.
>Best wishes for the Blackbird project.
It has bugged me that there have been no reports from Warwick or Allora, yet they're in Toowoomba and Stanthorpe. But perhaps, it is a true reflection of their current distribution; they haven't spread south from Toowoomba, or north from the Granite Belt ... yet. Or perhaps, it's wishful thinking!
Anyone able to shed further light on this, please do!