I was fascinated to encounter a small flock of White-breasted Woodswallows earlier this week on the Moolort Plains. Having not sighted one all summer I had falsely assumed they hadn’t paid us a visit. White-breasted Woodswallows are almost always associated with water and they regularly breed on and around Cairn Curran, sometimes near where the Loddon River enters the storage. They are migrants, usually arriving in October from northern climes. This flock was hawking insects above a roadside Grey Box – if you look closely, in one of the photographs below the smudges of tiny flying insects can be seen in abundance.
Last year I had a similar experience, documented here, which highlight the fact that this species appears to gather away from their water breeding sites prior to migration.