Birding in Boweya Forest.

Subject: Birding in Boweya Forest.
From: Michael John Ramsey <>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 1997 15:11:57 +1000 (EST)
Dear Birders,

 Recently (1/4/97) I spent an afternoon observing in Boweya Forest, a
remnant Box-Ironbark ecosystem located 25km north-west of Wangaratta. The
main purpose of the outing was to search for Regent Honeyeater and Swift
Parrot. Though these were not found I recorded quite a few interesting

 Perhaps the most unusual was a male Gilbert's Whistler seen 
singing in undergrowth. This area is well west of this species usual
range. This species has also been recorded in Killawarra Forest (2km east)
and Chiltern Forest (40km east). Perhaps a remnant population is present
in north-east Victorian Box-Ironbark Forests.

 Also of note on the outing was a small flock of White-browed Woodswallows
over the forest giving chap-chap calls. Perhaps this is indicitive of the
recent dry spell over Victoria in the last few months. Large numbers of
Striated Pardalotes were also recorded, many of these were probably
autumn/winter visitors. Race was not idenitfied but the Tasmanian
race has been observed in the forest before so some may have been of this

 Small numbers of autumn/winter visiting Honeyeaters were recorded. The
most common was Little Friarbird as well as many Fuscous Honeyeaters in
non-breeding plumage. One Yellow-faced Honeyeater was heard just outside
the forest. Other wintering visitors included a few female Golden

 Hopefully I will return to the forest sometime during winter to search
again for Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot. The Swift Parrot was seen in
the forest last winter and the local area (including Warby Range and
Killawarra Forest) is quite an important region on the mainland for this

SPECIES LIST: Total no. species recorded - 45

Australian Wood Duck                 Brown Goshawk  
Masked Lapwing                       Peaceful Dove      
Crested Pigeon                       Common Bronzewing  
Galah                                Eastern Rosella   
Red-rumped Parrot                    Brown Treecreeper
Superb Fairy-wren                    Weebill
Western Gerygone                     Striated Pardalote 
Red Wattlebird                       Noisy Miner
Noisy Friarbird                      Little Friarbird
Yellow-faced Honeyeater              Fuscous Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater              Brown-headed Honeyeater
Black-chinned Honeyeater             Jacky Winter
White-browed Babbler                 Grey Shrike-thrush
Gilbert's Whitsler                   Rufous Whistler                      
Golden Whistler                      Grey Fantail 
Willie Wagtail                       Magpie-lark 
Restless Flycatcher                  Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
White-browed Woodswallow             Dusky Woodswallow 
Australian Magpie                    Grey Butcherbird                
Australian Raven                     White-winged Chough    
Diamond Firetail                     Mistletoebird
Welcome Swallow                      Tree Martin                        
Common Starling
Good birding...

Michael Ramsey

Bundoora, Vic. 


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