Winter is here and still no rain. The country is
starting to look quite desolate with creeks and lakes drying up rapidly, if not
However, as always, the bird life is fascinating.
Our first Grey Falcon sighting for the season last week.We usually
start to see them about the middle of May so a bit late this year.We've had
heaps of Crimson Chats about this year along with Red-capped
Robins.During the last month we've had several guests who've had
"particularly want to see lists" with Hall's Babblers, Chestnut-breasted
Quail-thrush and Plum-headed Finches on all. We've been able to
oblige with the Babblers for all, the Finches for most but the Quail-thrush for
only a few. My daughter and I spent nearly a whole Sunday a few weeks ago trying
to locate the Quail-thrush with no luck at all but had a wonderful day. We
watched a White-browed Treecreeper for quite some time foraging
along mud on branches in a dead tree, we saw a group of
Fairy-wrens[couldn't tell which sort] busily darting around galvanised burr
with a lone Double-barred Finch and sitting on a low bare branch of an
Acacia tree right next to the burr bush 2 Plum-heads. Quite a few
Blue-bonnets and Mulga Parrots, and then driving home along
our sad looking creek a Square-tailed Kite.
Ian, along with several guests has
seen Grey-headed Honeyeaters in a couple of different
locations. I know that according to the maps that they shouldn't be here but
they definitely are. They're eating a sticky sort of sappy stuff that the Mulga
trees are oozing,[probably because of the very dry conditions].
We've had a couple of sightings of Peregrine
Falcons in the last couple of weeks, and although Ian and I have seen them
here they're another one to add to our bird list which has been compiled
of sightings by visitors since July 2000.