Andrew Taylor <>
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.
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