winter feeding flocks

Subject: winter feeding flocks
From: "Michael Ramsey" <>
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 18:22:04 +1000

Dear John, Birding-ausers

I have just been out birding myself this afternoon and encountered a few winter feeding flocks. This was in Killawarra State Forest 10km north of Wangaratta in NE Victoria. I encountered a few feeding flocks which had the following species in them:

Yellow Thornbill, Superb Fairy-wren, White-throated Treecreeper, Grey Fantail, Golden Whistler, Western Gerygone,Silvereye, Grey Shrike-thrush, Buff-rumped Thornbill, Weebill, Speckled Warbler and Scarlet Robin.

Unlike your observations, this afternoon and at other times flocks I have observed, the Weebills have been part of the winter feeding flocks. In fact they are often the core species, their cheery calls often bringing my attention to the flock. Occasionally pardalotes do join them as with your observations. I would be interesting to see what other people have seen.

Michael Ramsey   Wangaratta    Vic




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