Where have you sprung from?

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.

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White-browed Woodswallows, Mia Mia Track, 11th February 2016

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The female feeding on mistletoe

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Female White-browed Woodswallow

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Male White-browed Woodswallow

6 responses to “Where have you sprung from?

  1. Hi Geoff, I found an active nest down zumpes lane in mid November. There were quite a few white-brows around, so probably other nests in the vicinity. Nothing on our block though, they only seem to pass through our place.

    • Thanks Andrew – that’s certainly interesting – I witnessed some nest building back then but no active nests. They can be a pretty random species hey!

  2. Hi Geoff, I saw just the one White-browed Woodswallow this season – at Quince tree on 28 October last year.

  3. Hi Geoff,

    We saw one white-browed woodswallow at south end of Mia Mia Track on 13 Feb. noticed there have been very few this year anywhere. Lots of Duskies.

    Cheers. Susan

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  4. Thanks Susan for the note – seems like there might small numbers around.
    Cheers, geoff

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