The DWS has returned to the NW end of Cooleman
Ridge, to a spot where it had previously departed about a month ago (though
it was still present about 1 km away up to 19/4). Probably different
birds, and certainly all the evidence clearly points to the Dusky Woodswallow
being one of the last migrants to leave the ACT, if indeed it can be labelled as
a "migrant". I suspect that it mainly is, with only a small percentage
overwintering in or close to Canberra.
It's great to see such good numbers of this species
reported on this chat line, considering the concern that has been expressed
about it being a "decliner", though of course the reporting may be somewhat
biased as it's currently "topical".
Great also to read of the number of finches being
reported, certainly the numbers of double bars and diamond firetails on Cooleman
Ridge/Narrabundah are higher than I've ever seen.