Harvey Perkins wrote:
> I THINK John Leonard's suburb is Hughes... There were also several Noisy
> Friarbirds overwintering near our place in Kambah, a suburb about 6km south
> of Hughes.
Interesting stuff .....
Most Noisy and Little Friarbirds move out of the Murray floodplain forests in
Victoria for winter. Quite a few seem to end up in box-ironbark forests such
as Killawarra (near Wangaratta), but I've noticed quite a few Noisy Friarbirds
"overwintering" in small towns (some VERY small towns) on the floodplain such
as Barmah, Picola and Cohuna this year. The key there seems to be
non-indigenous plantings of flowering trees such as Mugga Ironbark, Salmon Gum,
etc. The odd one or two Noisy Friarbirds have overwintered in the floodplain
forest too (Gunbower Island, Lower Ovens), but the numbers seem quite tiny.
On a related topic ..... what are the ACT and other observations on Western
Gerygones? They moved out of the floodplain forests en masse in Autumn as
expected, but have moved back in to the Lower Ovens forest already (present in
Summer-like numbers there in July; still absent from Gunbower Island and Barmah
Forest). The Vic Atlas says "... Western Gerygones are mainly summer migrants
to Victoria from further north but a few remain here during winter .....". I'm
curious about where they go, from where they go, and why they return so early
to some parts of their Summer range - this may explain some of the ambiguity in
the Vic Atlas account. Any comments??
[PS: Geographic stuff - Gunbower Island is on the Murray River west of Echuca
near Cohuna; Barmah Forest is on the Murray east of Echuca near Strathmerton
and Nathalia; the Lower Ovens is the Ovens River floodplain where it meets the
Murray at Lake Mulwala near Yarrawonga.]
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