Peter Ewin <>
Sat, 16 Jul 2011 15:33:56 +1000
Up at Mildura this year I have had two Sacred Kingfishers at two different
spots on the Murray River in June and I thought I had a Reed-warbler at the
local drainage wetland (no binoculars and there were definitely Grasbirds but
one looked unstreaked at a distance) in July. The White-browed Woodswallows
were here very late (big flocks still in mid-May) so I wouldn't be surprised if
there is the odd bird about but the White-breasted Woodswallows seem to be well
away. No Rufous Whistlers but I reckon they would still be about.
1 or 2 Rufous Songlarks usually over-winter at Weddin Mountains (SW slopes
NSW)and there was one there in June (plus huge numbers of Orioles).
> Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2011 15:00:58 +1000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Overwintering birds..
> Hi all,
> Here is north-east Victoria I have had quite a few records of birds usually
> seen in spring and summer overwintering. It seems to be an exceptional year
> for this.
> A few observers I know have also commented on how this year seems to be quite
> unusual with the number of species and individuals
> seen out of season in the winter months.
> Has anyone else noticed a number of overwintering birds this year as well?
> One observer has suggested that the great conditions from
> earlier in the year due to above average rains has resulted in a bumper
> breeding season and conditions, so many of these summer migrants have stayed.
> A few examples of overwintering birds I have had so far are:
> Since the end of May:
> 10 records of Rufous Songlarks
> 1 record of a White-throated Gerygone
> 4 Sacred Kingfisher records
> 11 Rufous Whistler records (a few always seem to overwinter in the north-east
> but not this many records)
> 1 White-browed Woodswallow record
> 7 records of Olive-backed Orioles
> 6 records of Australian Reed-warblers
> 3 Spotted Harrier records
> some White-backed Swallows still around
> a few Fan-tailed and Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoos
> a few Dusky Woodswallows always tend to overwinter but I have seen flocks of
> Has anyone else had any other overwintering records so far this winter.
> Cheers, Michael Ramsey
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