white-breasted woodswallow in Melbourne

Subject: white-breasted woodswallow in Melbourne
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 14:57:01 +1000
> On Saturday 17 June I was astonished to see a White-breasted
> Woodswallow flying
> slowly over Banyule Flat at dusk, calling occasionally, heading east
> in
> direction of Yarra River.  Surprising to see any woodswallow at this
> time of
> year, let alone this one.  I looked for it again yesterday (Sunday),
> no luck.
> Cheers, Richard.
That's an interesting one, Richard, but I have come to the conclusion
that a lot of odd birds turn up at Banyule Flats. Perhaps because there
are birdwatchers about who actually notice them? Related to the
phenomenen of rare birds appearing at weekends?
Anyway, some years ago in spring, I once saw a Masked Woodswallow over
Studley Park in Kew.
Anthea Fleming in Ivanhoe.

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