Re: Flocking Red Wattlebirds

To: "Roger McGovern" <>, "birding aus" <>
Subject: Re: Flocking Red Wattlebirds
From: "Philip A Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 19:20:34 +1100
When the honeyeater migration is on in Canberra every April & May, for weeks during good weather, continuous streams of  flocks of up to several hundred Yellow-faced and White-naped Honeyeaters, with a liberal sprinkling of other birds pass through. Red Wattlebirds also do so, though their flocks are more commonly in the 20 to 60 birds range.
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From: Roger McGovern <>
To: birding-aus <>
Date: Thursday, 21 January 1999 20:14
Subject: Flocking Red Wattlebirds

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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