Overwintering birds..

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Subject: Overwintering birds..
From: "David Parker" <>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2011 11:11:54 +1000

Since June 2010, I have visited two local wetlands north of Griffith
twice monthly keeping an eye on birds utilising the results of good
rainfall runoff and environmental water since June 2010. Reed Warblers
have been present at one of these wetlands during every count, and
almost as regular at the other. Numbers built up during the
spring/summer, but otherwise have typically been more than half a dozen
each visit. Also of interest was an adult male Scarlet Robin and a
juvenile observed at one of these swamps in February.

There are also a number of sites where Spotted Harriers are being seen
with regularity, and I observed six during a drive south to Moama a few
weeks back - a pair south of Coleambally, another pair on Wilson's Road
north of Jerilderie and an individual north of Deniliquin and one 10kms
to the south.

On the plains, I have seen Brown Songlarks display flying and calling
late into the night, but a few always over winter at certain spots. 

Otherwise, I have also seen Rufous Songlark (Leeton), Sacred Kingfishers
(Rocky Waterholes at Narrandera), and White-winged Trillers (north of
Leeton). Flame Robins also seem to be in higher numbers than typical in
the Red Gum forests of the Murrumbidgee so far this season

David Parker

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Subject: Overwintering birds..

Up at Mildura this year I have had two Sacred Kingfishers at two
different spots on the Murray River in June and I thought I had a
Reed-warbler at the local drainage wetland (no binoculars and there were
definitely Grasbirds but one looked unstreaked at a distance) in July.
The White-browed Woodswallows were here very late (big flocks still in
mid-May) so I wouldn't be surprised if there is the odd bird about but
the White-breasted Woodswallows seem to be well away. No Rufous
Whistlers but I reckon they would still be about.
1 or 2 Rufous Songlarks usually over-winter at Weddin Mountains (SW
slopes NSW)and there was one there in June (plus huge numbers of

> From: 
> To: 
> Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2011 15:00:58 +1000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Overwintering birds..
> Hi all,
> Here is north-east Victoria I have had quite a few records of birds
usually seen in spring and summer overwintering. It seems to be an
exceptional year for this.
> A few observers I know have also commented on how this year seems to
be quite unusual with the number of species and individuals
> seen out of season in the winter months.
> Has anyone else noticed a number of overwintering birds this year as
well?  One observer has suggested that the great conditions from
> earlier in the year due to above average rains has resulted in a
bumper breeding season and conditions, so many of these summer migrants
have stayed.
> A few examples of overwintering birds I have had so far are:
> Since the end of May:
> 10 records of Rufous Songlarks
> 1 record of a White-throated Gerygone
> 4 Sacred Kingfisher records
> 11 Rufous Whistler records (a few always seem to overwinter in the
north-east but not this many records)
> 1 White-browed Woodswallow record
> 7 records of Olive-backed Orioles
> 6 records of Australian Reed-warblers
> 3 Spotted Harrier records
> some White-backed Swallows still around
> a few Fan-tailed and Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoos
> a few Dusky Woodswallows always tend to overwinter but I have seen
flocks of 40+
> Has anyone else had any other overwintering records so far this
> Cheers, Michael Ramsey
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