Migration in Willie Wagtails

To: Lloyd Nielsen <>
Subject: Migration in Willie Wagtails
From: Marie Tarrant <>
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2015 22:35:53 +0000
Yes I found this a fascinating read too - I had no idea so thanks for

On 12 June 2015 at 14:08, Lloyd Nielsen <>

> There is a greater winter migration in Willie Wagtails than is realised.
> On the vast near treeless plains in central western Queensland during
> winter, e.g. Hughenden, Longreach, Winton, Boulia, Bedourie, there are
> thousands of Willie Wagtails which spend the winter in basically scattered
> low shrubbery, along fencelines and in grasslands. Driving the roads,
> Wagtails are about every 100-200 metres. One will see several hundred in a
> 100 km stretch.
> When I lived at Jandowae on the Darling Downs in the 1960-70s, thousands
> of Willie Wagtails would move in to harvested sorghum crops and spend the
> winter in the stubble - right up until the paddocks were ploughed. There
> must have been many thousands across those grain growing areas of the
> Darling Downs. By about late August, they were all gone. The summer
> population in the woodlands away from the open plains was normal - just an
> odd pair here and there.
> Lloyd Nielsen,
> Mt Molloy, Nth Qld
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