Subject: woodswallows
From: Rachel Sims <>
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2003 12:29:12 +1100
I've just started my PhD on dusky woodswallows and was hoping people with experience birding in and around the ACT could help me. The focus of my study will be how they combine cooperative breeding with migration.

I'm looking for sites where dusky woodswallows can be reliably found (i.e. sites that have been used in multiple years)
1) breeding
2) during migration
3) during the non-breeding season - I have no idea how far from Canberra I would have to travel to find non-breeding flocks, or even if flocks repeatedly appear at the same sites.

I'm planning on studying birds at several breeding sites in the region to look at sociality at the neighbourhood scale and the possibility for inter-neighbourhood dispersal. Therefore even breeding sites that are used by a small number of birds may be helpful.

I'm interested in any information about potential sites anywhere in the ACT and within about 2 hours drive of the ACT. Of course, if you know of a great site outside that radius I'm interested in that too.

Thank you for your help,

Rachel Sims

PhD Candidate
School of Botany and Zoology
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200
Ph. (02) 6125 5647
Fax (02) 6125 5573

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