Over-wintering Yellow Wagtails in Australia

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Subject: Over-wintering Yellow Wagtails in Australia
From: Bill Stent <>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:40:18 +1000
See below.  Replies to Mick, Please

Bill (moderator)

From: Mick Roderick <>
To: "" <>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:18:21 -0700
Subject: Over-wintering Yellow Wagtails in Australia
Hi all,

A Yellow Wagtail was seen on Hexham Swamp, Hunter Estuary, NSW on the
22nd June by Karen Thumm and Andrew Stauber. It was thought to be a
tschutschensis (EYW) bird due to the white eyebrow. The observers had
close and extended views of the bird and there is no doubt about its
identity (they have seen the birds before both here and in the
northern hemisphere). The sighting was reported to Birdline NSW.
Unfortunately no images were taken and no one has been able to find
the bird since.

The sighting is significant because as far as I can tell it would be
the first over-wintering EYW recorded in NSW. In fact, HANZAB lists
just a few examples of over-wintering Yellow Wagtails in Australia and
a couple of those are given as "possibly" (whatever that is supposed
to mean). The more definitive records from HANZAB are for Dawson River
(Qld, June 1905), Heron Island (June, 1979), Weribee STP 31/07/2000
(as detailed in Twitcher's Corner in Wingspan December 2000) and
August records at Eyre Bird Observatory (WA) in August 1984.

Is anyone else aware of over-wintering Yellow Wags in Australia? I'm
surprised that there aren't any from NW WA or the Top End.

Any details would be appreciated.


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