Willie Wagtail Migration

Subject: Willie Wagtail Migration
From: Peter Woodall <>
Date: Fri, 09 May 1997 09:40:52 +1000
Dear Nicci

There are some records in the literature on the movement of Willie Wagtails.

The "Atlas of Australian Birds" gives some descriptions of movements:
at Jandowae (just north of you) Willies were noted moving into the fields in
April, returning Aug-Sept,
At Inverell numbers reduced in autumn and winter, similarly in Canberra.The
Atlas provides the original references for these accounts.

The results I published of the 1979-80 QOS Garden Bird Survey 
(Sunbird 25: 1-17, 1995) showed that Willies had a marked increase in 
frequency in winter (34% to 54%) but who knows where they come from.

You should also look at Helen & Neil McKilligan's report of garden birds in
Toowoomba (Sunbird 17: 17-27, 1987).

I am sure that there is an interesting story to be uncovered here. Get 
back to me if you want further help.

All the best 


Dr Peter Woodall                          email = 
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