Remnant bushland

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Subject: Remnant bushland
From: "Duncan Fraser" <>
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2005 18:48:26 +1100
I have been birding for the last couple of days in 70 hectares of isolated
remnant redgum woodland east of Stratford, Vic., and it brought home to me
once again just how important these areas are. I was looking (without luck)
for a reported Forest Kingfisher, and in the process ticked 36 native
species. I could have increased this tally to over 40 by chasing up common
birds like the Willie and Magpie Lark round the edges, or a couple more
Thornbills by pushing through the undergrowth and getting covered with Spiny
Spider webs. The area is the Stratford Highway Park, which has had the road
gates locked for a couple of years now, but is freely accessible for
walkers. Any birders passing through with two or three hours to spare would
find it rewarding, there is water in the lagoon and the kangaroos have the
grass down creating an easy walking  park like environment. List below for
those interested.  Duncan Fraser, Maffra, Vic.

BTW, heaps of Jacky Winters inc. many juveniles.

Little Pied Cormorant
Australian Darter
Black Swan
Pacific Black Duck
White-faced Heron
Brown Goshawk
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Purple Swamphen
Eurasian Coot
Black-fronted Dotterel
Masked Lapwing
Crimson Rosella
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Laughing Kookaburra
Superb Fairy-wren
Spotted Pardalote
White-browed Scrubwren
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill
Striated Thornbill
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
White-eared Honeyeater
Brown-headed Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
Red Wattlebird
Jacky Winter
Eastern Yellow Robin
Varied Sittella
Rufous Whistler
Grey Shrike-thrush
White-winged Chough
Grey Fantail
Grey Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Common Blackbird
Welcome Swallow
Eastern Grey Kangaroo

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