Flocking Red Wattlebirds

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Subject: Flocking Red Wattlebirds
From: "Roger McGovern" <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 17:03:14 +0800
I am living in Mosman Park, a suburb of Perth on the Lower Swan River towards Fremantle, and at about 0700hrs on January 19th I observed a flock of about 120 Red Wattlebirds congregated in two Lemon-scented Gums (not flowering) in my back yard. They remained there for some ten minutes with a few arrivals and departures, and they then quite quickly dispersed in twos, threes and half-dozens. Red Wattlebird is probably the most numerous specie in this neighbourhood but I have never seen them in a huge group like this.
Is this behaviour known in the literature or does anyone have an explanation for what looked like a breakfast get-together of every Red Wattlebird within a kilometer or two from here?
Roger McGovern
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