Signs of autumn for us in southern Queensland have included an early Little
Eagle and our first two Red-capped Robins of the season.
Our garden list stands at 102 spp for March thus far, with Plum-headed
Finches back in numbers in the grasses, Red-tailed Black Cockatoos once
again on their regular circuit of fruiting White Cedars, and Nankeen
Night-herons boldly active in the late afternoons. Spangled Drongos are seen
and heard a lot lately, being predominantly a spring and autumn bird here,
and Eastern Yellow Robins have moved into the garden.
Down in the Traprock country the other day, we found some Squatter Pigeons,
a family party of five Emus, eight raptor spp, a host of the more inland and
exciting (for us) honeyeaters, including Spiny-cheeked and Yellow-tufted,
and those two stunningly beautiful little birds, Diamond Firetail, and
Around the Lockyer Valley, all three Australian grebe spp are about, also
Red-necked Avocets, Ground Cuckoo-shrikes, Fan-tailed and Pallid Cuckoos,
Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Little Eagle, Black Kites, lots
of other raptors too.
John Hadley came across two Diamond Firetails locally, just north of Gatton,
last week, and Dan Williams who was birding here from Friday till yesterday
picked up 146 spp in all, topping it off with a Black-necked Stork yesterday
Lockyer Valley, Queensland.
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