Where were you last summer?

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.

Woodswallowtree

White-breasted Woodswallow habitat, Moolort Plains, 22nd March 2016

WBWS1

White-breasted Woodswallow hawking for insects, Moolort plains, 22nd March 2016

WBWS5

Look closely and you’ll just be able to make out the swarm of insects

WBWS2

Like their relatives, White-breasted Woodswallows are wonderful aerialists

WBWS3

This looks like a juvenile bird – note the paler throat

WBWS4

Heading north?

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.

5 responses to “Where were you last summer?

  1. The bird shots are awesome but the road shot is brilliant, lovely!

  2. Hi Geoff,

    your posts are the highlight of my day. I have a friend in London who loves them too.

    Where were you in April 1979?

    Yesterday, I found this wonderful post from apiarist Harvey Rich, of Maryborough, as I was archiving documents belonging to a now deceased building unionist one of whose passions was the environment and natural history…

    best regards

    Carlo @ 12 Clarke Lane

    On Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 8:41 AM, Natural Newstead wrote:

    > Geoff Park posted: “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 associat” >

  3. sorry, doesn,t want to load the jpg scan…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s