The latest Darwin records I'm aware of are 17 (pers ob) and 30 (Eremaea ob)
May. Maybe the NSW bird is a wrong-way migrant rather than an overwintering
bird as such.
On 30 June 2014 15:53, Adrian Boyle <> wrote:
> 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 season.
> 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 present.
> 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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