Woodswallows over northern Sydney 3 Oct

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Subject: Woodswallows over northern Sydney 3 Oct
From: Tom Wilson <>
Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2015 01:06:59 +0000
Hi all
I returned from a trip to the shops this morning (about 10:40) to hear the 
calling of, and then see, a mixed flock of White-browed and Masked Woodswallows 
circling over my house on Bobbin Head Rd in North Turramurra (Sydney northern 
suburbs).  There were approx 70 birds, some circling quite low and low enough 
to be easily able to pick out both species with naked eye. The flock mix looked 
about 3:1 in favour of White-browed, but many higher up birds were harder to 
pick. This was the first time ever of either species in this area for me (in 
circa 17 years in the area) so a great spot on a Saturday morning.  They were 
over the house when I got out of the car, so I have no idea which direction 
they came from.  The flock drifted westwards (over Lovers Jump Creek, heading 
towards Wahroonga) about 10:55 and was lost from sight and sound by 11.
Tom Wilson
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