To: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>, <>
Subject: DWSs
From: "Jack and Andrea Holland" <>
Date: Mon, 4 May 2009 19:39:34 +1000
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.
Jack Holland 
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