Over-wintering Yellow Wagtails in Australia

To: Bill Stent <>, Mick Roderick <>
Subject: Over-wintering Yellow Wagtails in Australia
From: Adrian Boyle <>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:53:41 +0800
Hi Mick.

The only record for Broome is on in June approx 10 years ago.
Cant find exact date at present. But can find out if required.
Despite having sometimes hundreds in the wet season this is still the only 
record out of season.

What is also interesting is there seems to be lots of birds overwintering this 
I know of A Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in New Zealand. They don’t get many even 
over summer!
Currently a Ruff, Oriental Pratincole and several Sharpies also in Broome at 

Cheers Adrian

On 30 Jun 2014, at 1:40 pm, Bill Stent <> wrote:

> See below.  Replies to Mick, Please
> Bill (moderator)
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------
> From: Mick Roderick <>
> To: "" <>
> Cc:
> 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.
> Cheers
> Mick
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