RE: birding-aus Canberra birds

To: "'Pat O'Malley'" <>
Subject: RE: birding-aus Canberra birds
From: Anthony Overs <>
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 1999 16:24:47 +1000

Re Dusky WS. Some do overwinter. More so in the last few years I think. Flocks 
are regularly reported to the COG Hotline.

Normally all the gerygones are well and truly gone by now. This is an 
interesting record. Last week I received a record of a Western Gerygone, 
Fan-tailed Cuckoo and Tree Martin in the northern ACT. The birds are doing odd 
things this year.

It is not uncommon to see Yellow TB's at Campbell Park. As far as I know 
though, the only species that are wearing colour bands out at Campbell Park are 
Buff-rumped and Yellow-rumped Thornbills and Speckled Warblers.


-----Original Message-----
From:   Pat O'Malley [SMTP:
Sent:   Sunday, June 27, 1999 8:55 PM
Subject:        birding-aus Canberra birds

Just a few notes that might interest Canberra types. Also a query.

Stephen Mugford and I watched a flock of 30+ dusky woodswallows at
Jerabomberra (sp?) wetlands, Friday 25th June. Seemed out of season
according to the local atlas which has them long gone this time of year.

Also came across about 8-10 White Throated Gerygone at Campbell Park today
(Sunday 27th), in a loose mixed feeding flock with Buff Rumped, possibly
Yellow Rumped and (at least two) brown thornbills. I've come across the
WTGs in ones and twos at this location, but this number seemed odd - and
again are they normally around here this time of year?

Last concerns same spot, and Yellow Thornbills. I'm not as familiar with
these as i should be, but there were quite a few birds answering the
desciption, and the call sounded exactly right: but they were paler than
the northern birds I 've seen. Any advice? Several of the birds were
banded: red on both legs.

Pat O'Malley

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