Noisy Friarbirds

To: shorty <>
Subject: Noisy Friarbirds
From: Kim Farley via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2023 01:32:39 +0000
Yes, they are certainly pretty evident this autumn. A quick and dirty look at eBird reveals that they are strongly reported in most years  in April and from lots of locations. They continue to be reported through May, June and July but from fewer and fewer places each month. The reports of them start to build again from August onwards. I looked specifically at the last 10 years. 
The difference I have noticed this year, both from eBird and from my own birding each day, has been the larger number of birds in Friarbird groups. Your 19 birds in one group, Shorty, is a good sized party.  I haven't seen that many all at once in April, but have seen up to ten at a time plus other random ones and twos, in several places over the last few weeks. All the flowering trees must be influencing it I guess, along with a good breeding season.
I expect others might have thoughts on this too. 

On Mon, 17 Apr. 2023, 10:57 am shorty via Canberrabirds, <> wrote:
It seems the early morning fog has prompted them to gather and move on. A single flock of 33 briefly stopped on their way through Jerra Wetlands to let me count them. The most popular tree held 19.

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