Is this happening elsewhere?

To: "Rod's Gardening" <>, "sandra henderson" <>, "Cog line" <>
Subject: Is this happening elsewhere?
From: <>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2011 11:38:21 +1000
And at Karumba Q in 1998 between 50 & 100 on power lines.

-----Original Message----- From: Rod's Gardening
Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 10:53 PM
To: sandra henderson ; Cog line
Subject: Is this happening elsewhere?

Below is an extract from a posting I made on the chat line back in 2009
following a trip to the Top End:

"Woolianna on the Daly River - Douglas/Daly area.  At sunset, a huge number
of Magpie-larks assembled on the powerlines, impossible to count because of
the constant movement to and from the adjacent mango trees, but bigger than
any similar assembly of Starlings I've ever seen.  My gut feeling was in
excess of a thousand birds, but no sign of them next morning, at least not
those numbers.  As we only stayed one night I don't know whether this was a
regular occurrence or a one off event.  Where from, where to and why?"

I think Sandra's posting almost 2 years down the track probably answers  the
"why" question I raised at the time: based on the "Birds in Backyard" web
page comment they were probably non-breeding and young birds forming a large
nomadic flock.  We are generally urged to "underestimate" when counting
birds, but in retrospect there could easily have been several thousand birds
in that flock.  It was certainly an unforgettable sight.



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