Woodswallows over Lapstone/Blue Mountains

Subject: Woodswallows over Lapstone/Blue Mountains
From: "Peter Ewin" <>
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2006 13:19:25 +1000
I am not really surprised that there are Woodswallows turning up on the coast this year. At least around Griffith (including Hay and Hillston) there were huge numbers last year, with heaps breeding (along with White-winged Trillers, Crimson Chats, Budgerigars, Rufous Songlarks etc.) after a good wet winter/spring. This year around the area is considerably drier, so all those first year birds have to find food somewhere - hence the Hunter, Western Sydney and Illawarra have been seeing a few this year. I saw plenty of both Masked and White-browed at Hay last Thursday (in the 38+ heta) and while driving in areas NW and NE of Mildura on the NSW side of the border, the odd small flock was also present earlier in the week. A few White-fronted Honeyeaters were still calling, but otherwise the warm conditions didn't allow much other bird watching.


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