Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 93, Issue 2

Re roosting Magpie larks.

Were these Seasonal roosts ? Alan suggests that they are.
Any sex bias ?

Thanks

Michael

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> 1. Roosting aggregation of Magpie larks (David Clark)
> 2. Re: Roosting aggregation of Magpie larks (Alan Gillanders)
> 3. Re: Roosting aggregation of Magpie larks (David Clark)
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> Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2021 17:16:41 +1000
> From: David Clark < meathead.clark5@gmail.com>
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> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Roosting aggregation of Magpie larks
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> I’m looking out my study window at the gathering of Magpie Larks that
> occurs around this time every day on our property on the Bellarine
> Peninsula.
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> There are usually two pairs of Magpie Larks on our property and last summer
> one pair fledged three young so we could see up to five quite regularly. A
> few months ago, I noticed quite a few more arriving an hour or so before
> dusk. This was accompanied by lots of calling, group flights and the
> occasional scrap between individuals.
>
> As I’m writing this, at least ten Magpie Larks have flown to the bare lower
> branches of our large Cypress trees and are perched there. Later on they
> will move higher up among the foliage and will be joined by others until
> there are at least 30 Magpie Larks roosting there overnight. They seem to
> disperse at first light and we’re left with two pairs.
>
> Some of the neighbouring farms had large Cypress trees but many have been
> removed over the last 12 months and there aren’t many other large trees
> with extensive canopies.
>
> I have seen aggregations of Magpie Larks, most notably at Kakadu where I
> counted 50 perched together in a huge gum during the day, but I was not
> aware that Magpie Larks roosted communally.
>
> Have our Cypress trees become the dormitory for the neighbourhood’s Magpie
> Larks?
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> Cheers
>
> David
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> From: Alan Gillanders <
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> David,
>
> Here in north Queensland young Magpie Larks form flocks at this time of
> year and are often joined by Common Mynahs. I wonder if you could check
> out if they are first year birds.
>
> Regards,
>
> Alan
>
> Alan’s Wildlife Tours
> 2 Mather Road
> Yungaburra 4884
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> Phone 07 4095 3784
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>> On 12/07/2021 5:16 pm, David Clark wrote:
>> I’m looking out my study window at the gathering of Magpie Larks that
>> occurs around this time every day on our?property on the Bellarine
>> Peninsula.
>>
>> There are usually two pairs of Magpie Larks on our property and last
>> summer one pair fledged three young so we could see up to five quite
>> regularly.? A few months ago, I noticed quite a few more arriving an
>> hour or so before dusk.? This was accompanied by lots of calling,
>> group flights and the occasional scrap between individuals.
>>
>> As I’m writing this, at least ten Magpie Larks have flown to the bare
>> lower branches of our large Cypress trees and are?perched there.?
>> Later on they will move higher up among the foliage and will be joined
>> by others until there are at least 30 Magpie Larks roosting there
>> overnight.? They seem to disperse at first light and we’re left with
>> two pairs.
>>
>> Some of the neighbouring farms had large Cypress trees but many have
>> been removed over the last 12 months and there aren’t many other large
>> trees with extensive canopies.
>>
>> I have seen aggregations of Magpie Larks, most notably at Kakadu where
>> I counted 50 perched together in a huge gum during the day, but I was
>> not aware that Magpie Larks roosted communally.
>>
>> Have our Cypress trees become the dormitory for the neighbourhood’s
>> Magpie Larks?
>>
>> Cheers
>>
>> David
>>
>>
>>
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> From: David Clark < meathead.clark5@gmail.com>
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> I’m not sure that I could tell Alan but the two established pairs are
> involved and they would have to be 4-5 years old.
>
> Common Mynahs have only appeared here recently and they don’t seem to go
> near the Cypress trees. Little Ravens, Red Wattlebirds, Black Kites and
> Brown Falcons regularly roost there.
>
> Cheers
>
> David
>
> On Mon, Jul 12, 2021 at 9:52 PM Alan Gillanders <>
alan@alanswildlifetours.com.au> wrote:
>
>> David,
>>
>> Here in north Queensland young Magpie Larks form flocks at this time of
>> year and are often joined by Common Mynahs. I wonder if you could check out
>> if they are first year birds.
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Alan
>>
>> Alan’s Wildlife Tours
>> 2 Mather Road
>> Yungaburra 4884
>>
>> Phone 07 4095 3784
>> Mobile 0408 953 786http://www.alanswildlifetours.com.au
>>
>> On 12/07/2021 5:16 pm, David Clark wrote:
>>
>> I’m looking out my study window at the gathering of Magpie Larks that
>> occurs around this time every day on our property on the Bellarine
>> Peninsula.
>>
>> There are usually two pairs of Magpie Larks on our property and last
>> summer one pair fledged three young so we could see up to five quite
>> regularly. A few months ago, I noticed quite a few more arriving an hour
>> or so before dusk. This was accompanied by lots of calling, group flights
>> and the occasional scrap between individuals.
>>
>> As I’m writing this, at least ten Magpie Larks have flown to the bare
>> lower branches of our large Cypress trees and are perched there. Later on
>> they will move higher up among the foliage and will be joined by others
>> until there are at least 30 Magpie Larks roosting there overnight. They
>> seem to disperse at first light and we’re left with two pairs.
>>
>> Some of the neighbouring farms had large Cypress trees but many have been
>> removed over the last 12 months and there aren’t many other large trees
>> with extensive canopies.
>>
>> I have seen aggregations of Magpie Larks, most notably at Kakadu where I
>> counted 50 perched together in a huge gum during the day, but I was not
>> aware that Magpie Larks roosted communally.
>>
>> Have our Cypress trees become the dormitory for the neighbourhood’s Magpie
>> Larks?
>>
>> Cheers
>>
>> David
>>
>>
>>
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