Mixed feeding flocks are back

To: Steve Read <>, 'COG-L' <>
Subject: Mixed feeding flocks are back
From: Jack & Andrea Holland <>
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 02:13:17 +0000
Thanks Steve, in my experience mixed feeding flocks (MFFs) often start mid February and sometimes even earlier.
I encountered a rapidly moving one during my survey at Narrabundah Hill yesterday.  This included your first five species plus Silvereyes and a male Leaden Flycatcher, the last-named a surprise as very few of this species have been observed in my local patch in recent years.
With things drying out following the storms up to the end of the first week of February, I suspect more will be forming, so MFFs are something for subscribers to look out for from now.
Jack Holland
From: Steve Read
Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2019 12:31 PM
To: 'COG-L'
Subject: [canberrabirds] Mixed feeding flocks are back

Summer may not have quite ended, but breeding season is over for most birds, territories are less important, and mixed feeding flocks are back!


My first of the season at Campbell Park this morning contained ten species: Yellow-rumped and Buff-rumped Thornbill, Weebill, Grey Fantail, Speckled Warbler, Superb Fairy-wren, Varied Sitella, Brown-headed Honey-eater, Rufous Whistler and a Mistletoebird. Some mistletoe was flowering, and that may also have encouraged the congregation.


Not that all breeding is completely over. A Leaden Flycatcher was carrying food repeatedly to a very young fledgling, and two of the Rufous Whistlers seen nearby also looked very young.




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