Fw: RE: [Birding-Aus] Arrival dates of White-breasted Woodswllows in NSW

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Subject: Fw: RE: [Birding-Aus] Arrival dates of White-breasted Woodswllows in NSW
From: "Terry Bishop" <>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 20:46:59 +1000 (AUS Eastern Standard Time)
From: Terry Bishop 
Date: 20/09/2006 8:41:23 PM 
Subject: Arrival dates of White-breasted Woodswllows in
Do you remember if they fluctuated when you lived at the back of Machin 
Park? Did you keep any stats then? My son lives in Nile between Summer St E.

And Byng St. He has a lot of Galahs and SC Cockatoos during Summer but 
Hardly any during Winter. He also has a few Crimson Rosellas come in early 
In the morning and at sunset. They also disappear during the colder months. 
On Canobolas, when the winds are blowing, I have found all the birds that 
Stay behind spend a lot of their time in the the holes and small caves in 
The embankments with a Northerly aspect. Particularly on the Cargo road side

Down to and including the pine forest.With S. Winds regularly gusting to 50 
To 60 knots and windchills to -20C on the top it would be hard to stay on a 
Branches. (Readings taken at bottom of transmission towers) Even with heavy 
Snow of 30 years ago which would last two weeks to a month on top third of 
The mount blowing in from the S or SW you get very little drift on the North

Side of the embankments. The foxes and wild pigs are not seen on the higher 
Slopes during the freezing weather so they are safe in their little holes 
The same thing with a smaller population on Pinnacle. 
Terry Bishop 
Orange NSW 
-------Original Message------- 
From: Steve & Tamara Gross 
Date: 09/20/06 18:40:12 
To: Birding-Aus 
Subject: Arrival dates of White-breasted Woodswallow in 
Just checking my records for both Galahs and Sulphur Crested Cockatoos 
Around Orange. In the north of Orange I have had Galahs regularly throughout

The year with no really obvious number fluctuations. I rarely get Sulphur 
Crested Cockatoos, they seem to be more frequent in the south of Orange, but

They are regularly recorded around Mt Canobolas throughout the year - a site

Which would be even colder than Orange itself. 
Steve Gross 
Orange NSW 
-----Original Message----- 
 On Behalf Of Terry Bishop 
Sent: Wednesday, 20 September 2006 9:37 AM 
To: Birding-Aus 
Subject: Arrival dates of White-breasted Woodswallow in 
Sorry Alan. 
Applies to both Galahs and SC Cockatoos. Both disappear during the 
Freezing weather about the same time. They would not have to go far. 
Probably Wellington, Dubbo or Mudgee area where they don't have windchills 
Of -5 to -7 during the day. They do not all fly off at once or reappear at 
Once but the numbers decrease or increase over about a week or so. Numbers 
Of Galahs are 100-150 and SC Cockatoos 30-50. The drought seems to affect 
The bird life. We had a few Pink Cockatoos around last Spring (No dates 
Unfortunately) till the November rains were received out west. The dates 
When they both the Galahs and SC Cockatoos start to disappear and reappear 
2004 20 April - 6th October 
2005 12 May - 27th Sept 
2006 15 May - 17th Sept 
No I have not been to Tassie but they are definitely YWBs. They are much 
Larger, are much more agro, white chin, no red iris and their raucous call 
Is different than our local RWB. You would not want them as a caged 
As to how they arrived here has caused much discussion. After some 
Investigation I am leaning toward them being bought in as eggs but still 
Have lots of info to check out. 


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