birding-aus BOCA Birdcount

Subject: birding-aus BOCA Birdcount
From: "Rev. Chris Coleborn" <>
Date: Thu, 23 Dec 1999 17:56:35 +1100
Hello to all!

The first week in December the Bird Observers' Club of Australia held its
annual birdcount. Teams from around Australia took part. It was over a
twenty four hour period or part thereof. One of the rules were that the
birds had to be within a 40 milometre radius of a given point. A team from
Northern Victoria, centred on Cohuna, counted 157 species within a radius of
Cohuna this year. It was a pleasant, warm day, with some wind - the birds
obviously were out and about. Some of the highlights were Lewin's Rail,
Black Honeyeater, White-winged Fairy-wrens (26 seen),White-backed Swallows,
Black Falcon, Black-eared Cuckoo, Blue-billed Ducks, Great Crested Grebes,
Cockatiels, Budgerigars and our regular, though special birds of the area
such as Gilbert's Whistler, Crested Shrike-tit, Black-chinned Honeyeaters,
Southern Whiteface, Hooded Robins etc. We dipped out on some fairly common
birds, such as  the Peregrine Falcon, Buff-rumped and Chestnut-rumped
Thornbills. It should be possible to get over 160 species. We will see what
we can do next year D.V.

The team was made up of Norma Sheridan, Dave Maxwell, Mavis Skinner, Betty
Waterson, Noel & Jonathan Taylor, Peter Disher, John Nankervis, Geoff
Leslie, John Pople, Lydia & Chris Coleborn and Sheryl and Michael O'Brien.

We all had a great day.

Trust all have a safe, peaceful and happy holiday period.


Chris Coleborn

The full birdlist was as follows:

Great Crested Grebe
Hoary-headed Grebe
Australasian Grebe
Australian Pelican
Pied Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Pacific Heron
White-faced Heron
Great Egret
Rufous Night Heron
Sacred Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Royal Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Black Swan
Australian Shelduck
Pacific Black Duck
Grey Teal 
Chestnut Teal
Australasian Shoveler
Pink-eared Duck
Wood Duck
Blue-billed Duck
Musk Duck
Black-shouldered Kite
Black Kite
Whistling Kite
Brown Goshawk
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Little Eagle
Spotted Harrier
Black Falcon
Australian Hobby
Brown Falcon
Australian Kestrel
Brown Quail
Painted Button-Quail
Lewin's Rail
Australian Crake
Black-tailed Native-hen
Dusky Moorhen
Purple Swamphen
Eurasian Coot
Bush Thick-knee
Masked Lapwing
Red-kneed Dotterel
Red-capped Plover
Black-fronted Plover
Black-winged Stilt 
Red-necked Avocet
Marsh Sanndpiper
Latham's Snipe
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Red-necked Stint
Silver Gull
Whiskered Tern
Feral Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Common Bronzewing
Crested Pigeon
Long-billed Corella
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Crimson Rosella (Yellow Form)
Australian Ringneck
Red-rumped Parrot
Black-eared Cuckoo
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Southern Boobook
Tawny Frogmouth
Azure Kingfisher
Laughing Kookaburra
Sacred Kingfisher
Rainbow Bee-eater
Singing Bushlark
White-backed Swallow
Welcome Swallow
Tree Martin
Fairy Martin
Richard's Pipit
 Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike
White-winged Triller
Red-capped Robin
Hooded Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin
Jacky Winter
Crested Shrike-tit
Gilbert's Whistler
Rufous Whistler
Grey Shrike-thrush
Leaden Flycatcher
Restless Flycatcher
Grey Fantail
Willie Wagtail
Grey-crowned Babbler
White-browed Babbler
Chestnut-crowned Babbler
Australian Reed-Warbler
 Little Grassbird
Golden-headed Cisticola
Brown Songlark
Superb Fairy-wren
White-winged Fairy-wren
White-browed Scrubwren
Weebill Western Gerygone
Yellow Thornbill
Southern Whiteface
Varied Sitella
White-throated Treecreeper
Brown Treecreeper
Noisy Friarbird
Little Friarbird
Red Wattlebird
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
Singing Honeyeater
Whtie-plumed Honeyeater
Black-chinned Honeyeater
Black Honeyeater
White-fronted Chat
Spotted Pardalote
Striated Pardalote
European Goldfinch
House Sparrow
Red-browed Finch
Diamond Firetail
Zebra Finch
Common Starling
Olive-backed Oriole
White-winged Chough
White-breasted Woodswallow
Whtie-browed Woodswallow
Black-faced Woodswallow
Disky Woodswallow
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie (4 complete white back form)
Australian Raven
Little Raven
(The order above is as set out on the BOCA's count form)

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