winter feeding flocks

To: "Laurence Living" <>, <>, "Michael Ramsey" <>
Subject: winter feeding flocks
From: "Ian Rainbow" <>
Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 21:48:27 +1000
Michael, Birding-ausers,
I was recently in the Killawarra State Forest briefly(18/4/01), entering from the Boweya Road and saw no flocks, unless you count the ever present Noisy Friar Birds!  I did manage to see a Brown Treecreeper, Yellow-tuftedHoneyeater, White Plumed Honeyeater (juvenile), White Eared Honeyeater, Grey Shrike Thrush, Crimson Rosellas, and the Parsons Bands orchid.  This was much more interesting than the nearby Warby Ranges which produced about 5 birds for most of their length!  Later the same day on the other side of Wangaratta at the Oven's Billabongs near the Freeway we were able to watch a group of 6 Crested Shrike-tits, as well as Red-Browed Firetails, White Throated and also Brown Treecreepers, Grey Fantail, Willy Wagtail, Grey Shrike Thrush, White Plumed Honeyeater, a female Golden Whistler and Superb Wren during a 20 min count. These birds were amongst the trees of the picnic areas, rather than next to the river where we saw very little.
Ian Rainbow, Upwey, Vic
-----Original Message-----
From: [On Behalf Of Michael Ramsey
Sent: Sunday, 29 April 2001 18:22
Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] winter feeding flocks

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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