Adding to the sightings of Woodswallows, yesterday I had 3 flocks, one 300+ of
mixed White-browed and Masked over Broke, about 20ks west of Cessnock in the
I have also just had a about 60 birds (mixed) fly over my house at Kurri Kurri,
about 15k east of Cessnock in the Hunter Valley.
I usually get these birds over Kurri during September, but the last two years
they havent arrived. Probably down to the drought breaking conditions inland.
They came to mind last week as we have had warmer than normal temps, coupled
with strong westerly winds. Its a perfect recipe for their 'irregular' nature.
> Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2011 10:20:24 +1000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Arrival of woodswallow flocks
> Hi all,
> Large numbers of White-browed Woodswallows, along with a few Masked,
> have arrived in the Capertee Valley over the weekend. We saw the
> first flock late on Friday afternoon, and since then the numbers have
> increased and spread through the valley.
> Other migrants noted: first Sacred Kingfisher yesterday. Western
> Gerygones calling in the northern part of the valley from at least
> the 10th. Regent Honeyeaters are now breeding - let's hope it's a
> better year for them than other recent years. Plenty of flowering
> Mistletoe and Yellow Box in flower near the river, and worth keeping
> an eye on the Mugga Ironbark in flower along Port Macquarie Road. A
> word of warning - unfortunately feral pigs are prolific along parts
> of the Capertee River (and causing much damage to the riverbank, as
> they do). I had a very close encounter with a family of them last
> week. It's currently possible to see Regent Honeyeaters very close to
> the bridge itself on Genowlan Road. No need to walk far along the
> river, if at all.
> Heaps of birds around in general.
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