Re: Willie Wagtail Migration

To: Nicolette Thompson <>
Subject: Re: Willie Wagtail Migration
From: (Dr Richard Nowotny)
Date: Fri, 09 May 1997 08:48:30 +1000
>From the data you provide I feel quite sure that WW's migration is indeed
ATTITUDINAL.  Like many other Australian residents, particularly Victorians,
their attitude seems to be that Townsville is a terrific place to be in the
winter but not so good in the summer.  It's an attitude with which I have
some sympathy.
(Just kidding.  My levity obviously is trying to disguise my complete
ignorance about the substantive and interesting question you are asking.  I
look forward to some of the more serious responses.)
Richard Nowotny 

>Hello Fellow Birders,
>                       Is there anything in the literature regarding migration 
> of 
>Willie Wagtails? or has anyone documented their migration? Is it seasonal,
>or in search of a food source?  How far do they travel?  I live in suburban
>During the summer months there are no Willie Wagtails in our area.  In the
first week of 
>April at least one bird, but more often two, arrive and stay in the area
until early 
>August, but sometimes as late as September.  Their departure is not as
regular as their 
>arrival.  I have become very interested in this and would like to follow it up.
>                                Thanks,   Nicci Thompson

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