Major Mitchells

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Subject: Major Mitchells
From: Melissa Falconer <>
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 20:25:12 +1000 (EST)
Hi To All,

  Had a great three day dash to the Mallee late last week.  Fine sunny days and 
very chilly nights.  Saw lots of the usual suspects at Wyperfeld National Park 
including large numbers of Blue Bonnets, Mallee Ringnecks and White - winged 
Choughs.  At Pine Plains (one km into the park along Patchelwollock Road) saw 
flock of fifty plus Major Mitchells. My travelling partner has studied MMC's 
for several decades in the area and could only identify half a dozen immature 
birds, which sadly seems to back the theory that the population is ageing and 
on the decline.  Great to see this number of birds together. Also saw a few 
Mulga Parrots bathing in a small farm dam.  Emu's everywhere, Banded Lapwings, 
Female Red - capped Robin and imm. Hooded Robin and Variegated Fairy Wrens in 

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