|Subject:||Interesting mixed flocks|
|From:||Michael Lenz via Canberrabirds <>|
|Date:||Wed, 29 Mar 2023 07:40:48 +0000|
thanks for sharing your interesting observations.
I agree with other comments, the fact that you saw those flocks on hilltops was most likely incidental.
But your mixed flocks had some special features normal feeding flocks at this time of year don't have. You saw a high proportion of High Ccountry (tall forest) birds, such as many Golden Whistlers (up to 20!) and a Rufous Fantail. I associate such events with some severe weather in the High Country, such as severe Thunderstorms, triggering movement of birds from higher to lower elevations.
This can also happen even during the breeding season when after heavy thunderstorms, High Country species may appear in the woodlands (even gardens) around Canberra (such as Golden Whistler, Sati Flycatcher, Rufous Fantail), and quickly departing again once the weather has cleared.
On Wed, 29 Mar 2023 at 12:43, Christine via Canberrabirds <> wrote:
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