DW-s Migration Narrabundah

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Subject: DW-s Migration Narrabundah
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2009 10:40:18 +1000
The wanderings of the possibly migratory Diamond Firetail (not to mention
the DWS) are one of those things we must get to the bottom of one day, if
ever we can get all the accumulated local data. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Jack and Andrea Holland  
Sent: Sunday, 19 April 2009 9:27 PM
To: ; Julian Robinson
Subject: DW-s Migration Narrabundah

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 

Jack Holland

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