White-browed Woodswallows and King Quails in Sydney 24-25 Nov 2001

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Subject: White-browed Woodswallows and King Quails in Sydney 24-25 Nov 2001
From: "Vella" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 18:22:35 -0800
Over the last couple of days, I have heard some interesting birds while out and about but not birding.
Yesterday, while visiting a friend of mine at Landillo (approx. 55 km west of Sydney CBD), I heard a few White-browed Woodswallows fly overhead. This supports what I mentioned on a previous email, that they turn up often (probably every year) towards the east coast in the Spring/Summer, due to strong NW winds (as happenned yesterday) rather than drought alone. However, with the later conditions they do stay and breed in often very large numbers. Heard also a Bar-shouldered Dove at Castlereagh which they appear now to be increasing in numbers and spreading throughout the Sydney region.
Also today, I heard atleast 2-3 King Quail and many Brown Quail calling in very long grass, while walking through Fairfield Regional Park (approx 40 km west of Sydney CBD. A few White-winged Trillers appear to be breeding/nesting in the same group of trees, where I first noticed them a month and a half ago near the kids playing area.
Edwin Vella
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