Wild and crazy little budgies and shifting movements and patterns

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Subject: Wild and crazy little budgies and shifting movements and patterns
From: "Donald G. Kimball" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2020 12:17:49 -0800
I have noticed what I wonder is a pattern in budgerigar occurrence and movements.
In 2019 keen on spending time with this species I noted that there were sometimes 100s in January/Feb of 2019 in the Alice Springs region.

By April/May when I arrived in Alice things keen on seeing some flocks things were much different and not a bird was to be seen.

Conversely in Longreach/Winton area there were decent numbers during April/May.

It was like things shifted from the Alice region to the Winton/Longreach area as summer drew to a close and autumn was upon the land.

Currently in E-bird I am again noting fairly good numbers being reported in the Alice region but very few now in the Winton/Longreach area.  I am wondering if there numbers again are going to increase here and decrease in Alice.

Is this a pattern?  Or is there an explanation from Aussie mates that live there?

Many thanks!

Don Kimball
the Parrot Bloke.
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