Corellas in the Sydney Area.

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Subject: Corellas in the Sydney Area.
From: "bruce Cox" <>
Date: Sun, 12 May 2002 15:58:43 +1000
Hi All,

Last Friday, Bob Way and I were passing through the Richmond Lanes area
(about 50 K.west of the Sydney C.B.D.), there we saw a massive (for Sydney,)
flock of corellas, our agreed figure was 800 although it could have been
more as part of a second flock was partially obscured. They were mostly
Little Corellas with a small percentage of Long-billed mixed in. The flock
nearest to us was ground feeding in a grazed paddock with a patch of remnant
corn stubble which was attracting some of the birds.

My previous largest flocks of Corellas around Sydney were about 2-300
Littles in Richmond and ~150 Long-billed Corellas on a horse stud in Cut
Hill Rd. Cobbitty. With the talk on Birding-aus recently about drought
driven birds I wonder if this group seen last Friday are drought driven, an
aggregation of local birds grouped together for some reason or if the Sydney
population has increased more than we realised? Whatever, it is only time
before the local farmers will want something done about them.

There was one immature Glossy Ibis at McGraths Hill S.T.W.


Bruce Cox.
48 Rangers Retreat Rd. Frenchs Forest.
Sydney. 2086.  Australia.
Phone:--02 9451 5394.

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