DW-s Migration Narrabundah

To: <>, "Julian Robinson" <>
Subject: DW-s Migration Narrabundah
From: "Jack and Andrea Holland" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2009 21:26:59 +1000
Julian, interestingly the dusky woodswallow and welcome swallow also have been associating in my local patch this month, after being absent from here since before Xmas. I can't recall these two species consorting previously.

Again they don't seem to be in any hurry to leave, with 5 and 15 respectively late today almost in the same spot as they were on Monday morning. Also in the active MFF were 9 female/immature flame robins, the biggest group I've seen here for several seasons, and an altitudinal rather a spring/summer migrant. Also noticeable in this month's MFFs have been diamond firetails (up to 25 seen together) and yellow-rumped thornbills, both non-migrants.

I've really been enjoying all the chat line postings of the continued presence of the dusky woodswallow in such good numbers of a species thought to be declining. However, I don't expect them to be leaving quite yet, as they one of the last migrants to leave, often staying round until about the second week of May, and with some over wintering. At least in my patch I see my highest numbers of welcome swallows during the winter, often near water.

Jack Holland

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