Nomads on the move Northern Highway WA

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Subject: Nomads on the move Northern Highway WA
From: "Stanley, Mark M" <>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2008 11:43:58 +0800
> Spent the weekend birding north-east of Wubin (just beyond the wheat
> belt) on the Great Northern Highway in WA . Good rains have produced a
> profusion of flowering shrubs and Mulga. This has attracted large
> numbers of nomadic birds. Flocks of Pied Honeyeaters are everywhere.
> Black Honeyeaters have settled down to breed (as have at least some of
> the Pied). Crimson Chats are interspersed in flocks of both. We came
> across one particularly large flock of Masked Woodswallows at least
> 200 strong (including a single White-browed female) - they would
> descend to festoon a few bushes for a few jumbling minutes before
> taking off again to be joined by darting groups of Budgerigars, adding
> some colour to a spectacular scene. Oh yes - and 10 Inland Dotterels
> (8 adults, one sub-adult and one juvenile) on a Samphire flat was the
> icing on the ornithological cake!
> Mark Stanley, Maree Weerheim

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