Willie Wagtail migration

To: Greg and Val Clancy <>
Subject: Willie Wagtail migration
From: Greg and Val Clancy <>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 07:23:49 +0000
Further to our recent discussion on Willie Wagtail migration I have been 
counting numbers of the species on recent day trips.  On a trip from Coutts 
Crossing to Shark Creek then Tullymorgan on 18 June we counted a total of 24 
WWs, on 20 June from Coutts Crossing to Tucabia then to Minnie Water and 
return we counted 10; on 25 June from Coutts Crossing to the Coldstream 
wetlands and Tucabia we recorded 58 WWs, 15 of them on the Tucabia 
sportsfield; on 2 July from Coutts Crossing to Jackadgery then back to 
Grafton and on to Ulmarra we had 40 WW.

Other species that have increased numbers in our area during the 
autumn-winter months are the Restless Flycatcher, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, 
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike and Grey Shrike-thrush however the increases in 
the Flycatcher and Shrike-thrush numbers are not high.


Dr Greg. P. Clancy
Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
| PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
| 02 6649 3153  | 0429 601 960

-----Original Message----- 
From: Greg and Val Clancy
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2015 5:08 PM
To: martin cachard ; Lloyd Nielsen ; 
Subject: Willie Wagtail migration

Hi Martin,

I observe groups, usually scattered individuals, in a variety of habitats 
from the edge of grazing paddocks, on fences and roads, as well as along 
gravel roads in state forests.  Roads seem to be an attraction but then I am 
usually driving along the roads, although if they were gathering away from 
roads I would also see them there at times.   Unfortunately I haven’t 
recorded these observations in any systematic way but most roads in open 
country and lightly forested country seem to have these birds.  I have just 
finished 3 months work in northern New South Wales which involved driving 
many back roads.  Willie Wagtails were a common sight along many of them, 
often foraging on the road and flying to a perch nearby as we drove by.  I 
will note the numbers and locations of them in the future as it would be 
good to document this regular irruption.  Like Lloyd I have also seen them 
spread along roads spaced at about 100 m from each other.


Dr Greg. P. Clancy

Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
| PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
| 02 6649 3153  | 0429 601 960

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