Over-wintering Yellow Wagtails in Australia? At this stage, more properl

To: "Bill Stent" <>, <>, "Mick Roderick" <>
Subject: Over-wintering Yellow Wagtails in Australia? At this stage, more properly a winter record.
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:52:10 +1000
Hi Mick, Why assume that because a Yellow Wagtail is seen on 22 June in Australia that it is necessarily overwintering? One can only make that claim if the bird is seen throughout the winter, not on just one day. Someone else made the same claim about another species seen recently on a single day and although it raised my ire, I didn't complain. If it is still around in September then it will have overwintered. Until then, this is just a winter record, as significant as that may be. A true case of overwintering was the Spotted Redshank found at the Eastern Treatment Plant SE of Melbourne on 14 March 1992, that disappeared from that site on 29 May 1992 but rediscovered on a nearby wetland on 17 June and after moving to a number of other wetlands in the district was last seen in the area on 14 September 1992. Besides Yellow Wagtails, both White and Citrine have also appeared in Australia in winter. A White Wagtail of the race leucopsis was present at Portland, Victoria from 7 June to 23 August 1992 (I'd accept that bird overwintered), and an adult male Citrine Wagtail was present at Goolwa, South Australia from late May into early June 1987 when it suddenly disappeared. Nearly two decades later we learnt that it had been shot and prepared as a stuffed skin! It was found when a private collection was gifted to the South Australian Museum following the demise of its owner! And that wasn't the only rarity that he had collected!

Mike Carter
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Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
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