Western Gerygones in the ACT (was Re: birding-aus Canberra Noisy Friarb

To: "Lawrence E. Conole" <>
Subject: Western Gerygones in the ACT (was Re: birding-aus Canberra Noisy Friarbirds)
From: David McDonald <>
Date: Sat, 14 Aug 1999 18:25:24 +1000
The ACT in the subject line is the Australian Capital Territory!

Western Gerygones in the ACT are close to the eastern edge of their 
The ACT Bird Atlas lists them as being 'uncommon breeding summer migrants' 
returning in September; heard less frequently from March onwards; some 
overwinter here.


"Lawrence E. Conole" wrote:

> <snip>
> 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??

> <snip>

David McDonald
PO Box 1355, Woden ACT 2606, Australia
Tel: +61 2 6231 8904 (h); +61 2 6249 5618 (w)
Fax: +61 2 6249 0740

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