Large Flocks of Lapwings also in Sydney's Hawkesbury

To: "Edwin Vella" <>, <>
Subject: Large Flocks of Lapwings also in Sydney's Hawkesbury
From: "Furness, Mitchell" <>
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 16:09:09 +1000
Do these birds gather on turf farms to collect the dying scarab beattles (and what ever else) that are killed as part of their turf management? I say this as I live in a street that has manicured lawns that are regularly sprayed for these beattles which are readily eaten by local magpies and magpie larks. I am unsure of the effects of the chemicals on the birds.
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Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Large Flocks of Lapwings also in Sydney's Hawkesbury

In the Hawkesbury area NW of Sydney, it is not unusual to see flocks of upto 100-200 Masked Lapwings in the turf farms. Large groups in particular are often beside Fernleighs Lagoon in Richmond. During the 1994 drought, I also once counted about 80 Banded Lapwings in the Windsor side of the turf farms (the largest number I have seen of this species anywhere within Australia).
Though not a lapwing but a flycatcher, Magpie-larks can also be seen in huge numbers on these turf farms. 
Edwin Vella
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