Migration in Willie Wagtails

To: Lloyd Nielsen <>, "" <>
Subject: Migration in Willie Wagtails
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2015 19:12:54 +0000
Hi Lloyd,

Yes, that IS a very good point indeed! I was thinking the same thing when 
reading about the note someone made a day or 3 ago in that thread on here which 
Graeme Chapman started on the Pink Robin migration.

I recall Lloyd that you and I discussed this quickly about a year ago after you 
had taken note of this migration over the years, and you had asked me about 
whether I'd noticed the same thing...

Well, for the benefit of this important topic, I most definitely have noticed 
this too, and in exactly those parts of Qld.  I have seen this influx in the 
southern two-thirds of NT in the cooler months as well.

But isn't it funny, or perhaps I should a shame, how we tend to forget about 
seeing such things with commonly seen species like Willie Wagtails - I'm just 
glad that people like you out there Lloyd take note of such things, because if 
you hadn't have mentioned it, then I'm absolutely positive that I'd never have 
given this a second thought!!

Cheers for that   :-)

martin cachard,
trinity beach (it's still very dark here now, but I feel a nice calm peaceful 
sun-rise coming on in about 100 minutes or so...),

> Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:08:47 +1000
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> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Migration in Willie Wagtails
> There is a greater winter migration in Willie Wagtails than is realised.
> On the vast near treeless plains in central western Queensland during
> winter, e.g. Hughenden, Longreach, Winton, Boulia, Bedourie, there are
> thousands of Willie Wagtails which spend the winter in basically
> scattered low shrubbery, along fencelines and in grasslands. Driving the
> roads, Wagtails are about every 100-200 metres. One will see several
> hundred in a 100 km stretch.
> When I lived at Jandowae on the Darling Downs in the 1960-70s, thousands
> of Willie Wagtails would move in to harvested sorghum crops and spend
> the winter in the stubble - right up until the paddocks were ploughed.
> There must have been many thousands across those grain growing areas of
> the Darling Downs. By about late August, they were all gone. The summer
> population in the woodlands away from the open plains was normal - just
> an odd pair here and there.
> Lloyd Nielsen,
> Mt Molloy, Nth Qld
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