Inland Woodswallows near Cairns NQ.

To: Del Richards <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: Inland Woodswallows near Cairns NQ.
From: Chris Sanderson <>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2005 21:34:07 +0800
Further to that, we had a flock of maybe 1000 Masked Woodswallows over
Roebuck Plains today.  Was unable to find any White-browed
Woodswallows amongst them, but they may have been there as I only got
good views of a small part of the flock.  Also had White-breasted and
Black-faced Woodswallows today, however Little Woodswallows seem to
have departed the area a few weeks ago.

Chris - Broome

On 4/24/05, Del Richards <> wrote:
> To all on Birding-aus,
> On Saturday 23rd April I observed a mixed flock of Masked and Whire-browed
> Woodswallows at Koah about 14 km SW of Kuranda NQ. They numbered in excess
> of 200 birds and many were feeding on the blossom of flowering bloodwoods
> and other planed for insects.
>     Koah is at elevation about 20 kms due west of Cairns.
> It is rare to see these birds here and the Masked were recorded sparingly in
> both Atlasses and the White-broweds only in the last Atlas. It was my first
> encounter of either species having been guiding regionally for ten years.
>     These records may be a prelude to the movement of what are normally
> inland bird species due to the drought conditions to be found extensively in
> inland Australia.
> Regards,
> Del. Richards, Fine Feather Tours, Mossman, NQ.
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