FW: [BIRDING-AUS] Flocking birds on radar

To: " Net. Au" <>
Subject: FW: [BIRDING-AUS] Flocking birds on radar
From: "Phil Straw" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2003 09:05:34 +1000
Hi Nick,
Saying that you saw a lot of birds in a flock is like saying I saw a lot of birds, what were they? Experienced migration watchers often identify birds to genus or even species from distant flocks in Europe and the Americas. The important thing to note is the shape and behaviour of the flock; was it strung out like an ibis flock? grouped like waders and ducks? was the flock continuously changing shape or steady? These are the sorts of things to look for and compare with species you know for future reference. Very few observations of migrating flocks have been documented in Australia, so it may not be possible to identify your birds. This is because the number of migratory birds in Australia is small (number of species as well as volume of birds) compared to the Americas and Europe/Africa and we have few birders interested in such things. Lets face it compared with Europe and North America we have a very low ratio of birders per capita.
Phil Straw
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From: Bruce Roubin [
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From: [ On Behalf Of Nick Murray
Sent: Thursday, 14 August 2003 11:04
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Flocking birds on radar

G'day All,
On the 1st of August several large flocks of birds (I witnessed 5 or 6 and others indicate at least 15 flocks) appeared on the radar at Gold Coast Airport. These flocks were visible through binoculars and must have contained at least 200 and up to 1000-2000 birds. All flocks were flying north at about 1000 feet AGL and approximately 2-4 km inland. They appeared dark in colour through the binocs (it was about 930 in the morn). Does anyone out there have an idea of what these might have been or did anyone else witness it?
Nick Murray
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