That is curious. Why do you perceive that the focus was on you, rather than
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Sent: Tuesday, 24 August, 2021 9:36 PM
To: Geoff Shannon
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Fairywrens
Interesting Geoff. Sounds very similar.
Once in the desert near Well 35 I was “attacked” by a group of over fifty
Variegated FWrens all in a big 2 m ball like group, about 3m away, two males,
the whole group “screaming” at me to go away, backing off only as much as I
advanced , but kept calling until I left their territory about 10 - 15 min
later. Initially I really thought that they would physically attack me. This
would have been in about August/September. No visible nests, open shrub land.
No open water within km .The only sighting of wrens during a 2 to 3hr walk.
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> On 24 Aug 2021, at 8:40 pm, Geoff Shannon <> wrote:
> Here in NW Tasmania I have several times come across large groups (mid teens
> to about 50)only to find they go back to usual family groups. These large
> groups occur in winter but do not appear to be stable big flocks. Not sure
> what this means. Not just in outer suberbs but also in country, but not
> everywhere. Over ten years on 2 hectares whre there were upto 7 groups never
> saw amalgamation of groups. So cannot explain.
> Interesting to hear same happening elsewhere.
> Thanks for your comments Geoff Shannon . NW ( now northern) Tasmania
>> On 24 Aug 2021, at 13:46, Michael Hunter <> wrote:
>> Hi all.
>> Here in Mulgoa Valley we have had an irruption of Superb Fairy Wrens over
>> the last few weeks, Almost all “brown birds”, one male in eclipse plumage,
>> one in full breeding garb.
>> I watched two brown birds in what looked like mortal combat, the victim
>> spread eagled
>> under the attacker who would not let go. Three other bbs flew to the rescue,
>> jumped on the attacker then all flew off.
>> They are very engaging little birds, popping in and out of our pot plant
>> collection, coming up to our feet if we sit still enough.
>> Almost overnight their numbers dropped from maybe thirty around the house
>> for over a week to five or six, including an eclipse make and two young dark
>> tailed males. Where did they go?
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