Birds that flock in winter

To: <>
Subject: Birds that flock in winter
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2013 18:23:02 +1000
Writing the report for last Sunday's monthly BirdLife Australia's survey of 
Melbourne Waters Eastern Treatment Plant (ETP), 23 June 2013, it was again 
apparent that some species that gather there in winter may not be widely known 
as forming flocks in the non-breeding season.   
One is Black-fronted Dotterel. Some 4 to 6 pairs breed on the plant annually 
but on Sunday we counted 162. Our count in May was 203.  
White-fronted Chat has a similar breeding population but our count last Sunday 
was 172.
Such numbers are not exceptional for us in winter.   
For those that don't know, the ETP is situated to the SE of Melbourne. On the 
other side of the bay, it is the poor cousin to the famous Western Treatment 
Plant (WTP) at Werribee but is nevertheless, a significant site for birds which 
can have up to 19 major water-bodies. At their peak, they attract up to 10.000 
waterfowl. Currently there are >5,000.  

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136

To unsubscribe from this mailing list,
send the message:
(in the body of the message, with no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • Birds that flock in winter, Mike Carter <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU