Brimin area and Robins everywhere..

Subject: Brimin area and Robins everywhere..
From: "Michael Ramsey" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2003 10:00:58 +1000
Hi all,
Spent some of the Queen's Birthday weekend camping along the Murray River at Taylors Bend at Brimin, half way between Yarrawonga and Rutherglen in north-eastern Victoria (36 02, 146 17). Over 70 species were recorded with some of the more interesting sightings detailed below.
Flame Robins, over 30 in a flock were seen feeding in paddocks along the river. A pair of Scarlet Robins were also seen with this group. Around a small Cypress-pine woodland nearby a Red-capped Robin pair was sighted along with a Jacky Winter. A pair of Grey-crowned Babblers  and Chstnut-rumped Thornbills were also seen by this woodland.
 Most birds observed were seen in winter feeding flocks. The largest contained the following species, Crimson Rosella (Yellow and Crimson race), Red-browed Finch, Superb Fairy-wren, Brown Treecreeper, Weebill, Yellow, Striated and Brown Thornbills, Rose Robin, Grey Fantail, White-naped Honeyeater and Silvereye, Golden Whistler, Grey Shrike-thrush, Spotted and Striated Pardalotes. It was a magnificent sight to watch all these species together around a dry billabong early in the morning, with the fog clearing and dew on the ground.
As I was able to approach some Striated Pardalotes closely and noticed some were of the migrant Tasmanian race.
Spotlighting at night did not uncover any birdlife but many Brush-tailed Possums. Heard passing overhead at night though were numbers of Pink-eared Ducks and Black Swans.
Regards, Michael Ramsey, Albury.

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