Spring in Mildura
"Peter Ewin" <>
Wed, 13 Sep 2006 18:20:21 +1000
I have recently moved to Mildura for work (still with DEC at Buronga but
living south of the border).
A couple of things I have noted since arriving last week.
White-breasted Woodswallows - last year in Griffith they were far more
common than I remember from last time I lived there (1991-95). However,
looking at my records I hadn't seen any since May, when big flocks were
gathering. As I hadn't realised they were migratory, so I didn't really
think about their absence until I saw one at the new house in Mildura.
Looked up HANZAB, and they record arrival dates for late August-early
Spring. So the return around here was about Sat 9th of September. Hobbs
(1961) reports regularly between 20-22 of September for 5 years, so maybe
another example of early (warmer?) Spring.
Red Wattlebird - Seemed to be making a different call (initially I thought
maybe Littles, but rejected once looked at the distribution - definitely not
Yellow). Walked to the shops for milk, and saw at least two large begging
chicks following adults around, so confirming some pretty early breeding.
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