Birds aparently hunting insects during inclement weather

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Subject: Birds aparently hunting insects during inclement weather
From: John Layton <>
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2021 07:48:55 +0000

This morning, during cold showery conditions, I watched a Grey Fantail land in the lower branches of our White Cedar and work its way to the top while moving back and forth across the canopy during some 45 seconds. I wondered what tiny prey items it could have been flushing during such dour conditions.


Later this afternoon the question again confronted me as I watched six Welcome Swallows hawking above a sports oval at the ANU during cold showery conditions. It seems remarkable that tiny insects would be abroad and airborne during such weather.


John Layton


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