|To:||Wayne Gregson <>|
|Subject:||Fwd: Apostlebird at North Watson Wetlands|
|From:||Martin Butterfield <>|
|Date:||Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:25:13 +0000|
We have found over the years of driving (roughly annually) from Canberra through Ouyen to Adelaide that sometimes Apostlebirds were common on the roadsides in the Mallee and other trip we wouldn't see one. We couldn't come up with an explanation for this variation.
This years long trip was to Atherton. After crossing into Queensland - North of Lightning Ridge - we noticed masses of Apostlebirds beside the road. Just South of St George I estimated we passed at least least 10 groups of 10+ birds in about 5km. On the return trip we travelled one road to the East and again noticed many of this species just North of Goondiwindi (roughly the same latitude).
We did notice that there was lots of standing water beside the road. I wonder if they have had a very good breeding year in their home territory and have irrupted?
Looking at eBird there are several recent sightiings in the Grenfell area (as well as Tony's) but the closest records I can see are from Cootamundra.
On 29 September 2016 at 12:09, Wayne Gregson <> wrote:
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