Is this happening elsewhere?

To: "'Cog line'" <>
Subject: Is this happening elsewhere?
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2011 11:36:32 +1000
There are sometimes very big flocks at Jerrabomberra wetlands also.
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From: martin butterfield [
Sent: Wednesday, 8 June 2011 8:22 AM
To: sandra henderson
Cc: Cog line
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Is this happening elsewhere?

Over the 29 years of the GBS there have been 215 observations of 20+ Magpie-larks (peewees, peewits, mudlarks, Murray magpies - whatever else people want to call Grallina cyanoleuca).  This is 0.3% of the total observations of the species.  There is at least 1 observation of this size in 43 weeks of the year with the greatest proportion in Autumn (and very few in late Spring/early Summer.) - see attachment.   The line in the graph is simply there to smooth out the 'noise'.


On Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 7:54 AM, sandra henderson <> wrote:
I'd also been wondering if its my memory. there are lots around
everywhere, but out in the Riverina I've been seeing big groups - near
Cocoparra a few weeks ago we saw huge group on the wires (probably a
hundred or so), then this past weekend I saw a couple of groups  of
several dozen near Leeton.
The 'birds in backyards' website says on its peewee page:
"non-breeding and young birds form large nomadic flocks, sometimes
consisting of several thousand individuals"

sandra henderson

On Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 4:51 AM, jude hopwood <> wrote:
> Dear Canberra Birdies,
> Yesterday,  flock of at least 30 magpie larks over woodland near Wakefield
> Park, outside Goulburn.  Not since childhood do I recall seeing more than  a
> few at a time.  Is my memory simply poor, or is this a seasonal occurrence?
> Respectfully,
> Jude Hopwood.

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