After a brief appearance in the Spring, White-browed Woodswallows didn’t hang around to breed locally this season. Such a shame as they are striking looking birds. These seasonal migrants usually travel in flocks of between 20 and sometimes up to a thousand birds, frequently in the company of Masked Woodswallows.
It was a pleasant surprise to come across a pair in the Mia Mia earlier in the week, presumably on their way back north. This species often feeds on blossom, generally eucalypts. I can recall, many years back, seeing ironbark trees in north-east Victoria festooned with hungry White-browed Woodswallows sipping nectar from trees laden with flowers. I can’t remember seeing them using mistletoe flowers as this female was doing, but am sure it’s not an uncommon occurrence. I’d be interested in hearing of any local observations of this species that have been made over summer.