Wagtails in winter in Oz

To: "Edwin Vella" <>, "BIRDING-AUS" <>, "Barbara Jones" <>
Subject: Wagtails in winter in Oz
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 14:00:06 +1000
Edwin Vella wrote:

>Does anyone now if there have been any over-wintering records of White
>Wagtail in Australia? I know both Yellow and Black-backed Wagtails have
>in Australia.

Apart from in northern Australia, White Wagtails are commoner in
autumn/winter than in summer. Previous Victorian reports include one in
autumn, May (unconfirmed). The Portland bird did overwinter as it was
present from 7 June to 23 August 1992, and the Anglesea bird was in
September, (spring) 1992. See Carter et al. (1995) ABW 16, 21-23.

Where have Yellow Wagtails occurred in winter or/& overwintered? Remember
that a brief sighting in winter does not constitute 'overwintering'.

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mt Eliza    VIC     3930
Ph:  (03) 9787 7136

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