Wagtails in winter in Oz

To: "Mike Carter" <>
Subject: Wagtails in winter in Oz
Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 12:07:04 +1000

Hi Mike,

How do wagtails end up in Australia?

Do they migrate with waders or by themselves?

If they migrate with waders, and they overwinter, does this mean they have been here all summer/autumn?



"Mike Carter" <>
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06/05/2005 02:00 PM

"Edwin Vella" <>, "BIRDING-AUS" <>, "Barbara Jones" <>
[BIRDING-AUS] Wagtails in winter in Oz

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
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Mt Eliza    VIC     3930
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