Subject: Wattlebirds
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Sat, 25 May 2002 14:37:14 +1000 (EST)
On Fri, 24 May 2002, Anthony Katon wrote:
> This morning  I saw a flock of about thirty Wattlebirds and just had enough
> time to identify them when they landed in a tree for a short time.
> This is the first time I have seen such a large flock.
> Is this normal or do they flock together for migration.
> Is there any known migration pattern.

Up until at least the 1930s, Red Wattlebirds did not breed near Sydney.
There were common  visitors April-August.  So there was formerly an
clearcut migration.  Birds of Sydney suggests there is still a northward
movement in winter.

I saw a sign of the season Thursday on my way to work.  A flock of 80+
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo flying over the Eastern Distributor in
Alexandria (inner Sydney).  Quite a sight in an urban setting.
I gather there has been a flock wandering the Eastern suburbs every
autumn-winter for a few years.

Also added Fan-tailed Cuckoo to my "yard" list (Glebe in inner Sydney)
Wednesday.  Perhaps a bird wandering due to the time of year.

Andrew Taylor

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