(no subject)Unusual feeding congregations

Subject: (no subject)Unusual feeding congregations
From: Con Boekel <>
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 08:32:57 +1000
At about 4pm, when yesterday's light rain stopped (23 Mar) there were two feeding congregations on Black Mountain:

The first had at least 15 Spotted Pardalotes, a mixed flock of about 10 Rufuous and Golden Whistlers (mainly the latter), over 20 Grey Fantails, a Scarlet Robin, a Grey Shrike-thrush and several Buff-rumped Thornbills. A male Rufous Whistler chased a male Golden Whistler from its perch. The pardalotes flocked and left the feeding congregation, flying North. The fantails were feeding at all levels from the ground to the canopy. The proportion of whistlers is unusual on Black Mountain. Normally I see more Rufous than Golden whistlers.

The second had 17 Grey Fantails, several whistlers, several Spotted Pardalotes and at least one Brown Thornbill.

Both congregations moved very slowly into a very slight westerly breeze.


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