Mt Disappointment State Forest

Subject: Mt Disappointment State Forest
From: "Michael Ramsey" <>
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 16:16:16 +1100
Hi all,
I spent this morning in Mt Disappointment State Forest, just north of Melbourne on the Great Dividing Range. The south side tends to have wet and tall forest with Mountain Ash while the north side is more drier and open with Peppermints and Messmate.
Along Main Mountain Road I saw a Bassian Thrush and a small flock of Flame Robins. They probably breed up here in summer (794 metres). Stopped for lunch at Strath Creek Falls where a big surprise was a Red-capped Robin. White-throated Needletails soared overheard. Under a rock overhang near the falls a female Peregrine Falcon roosted. The amount of whitewash on the rocks suggests this may be a nesting site. Further down the mountain stopped at Upper King Parrot Creek where a Rufous Fantail was seen and a Yellow-faced Honeyeater was feeding a nestling, still breeding in February! Other bush birds had begun to form mixed feeding flocks such as the Brown Thornbills, White-naped Honeyeaters and Silvereyes working along the creek.
Bird List for the day is as follows:
Australian Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Peregrine Falcon
Gang-gang Cockatoo
Crimson Rosella
White-throated Needletail
Laughing Kookaburra
White-throated Treecreeper
Red-browed Treecreeper
Red Wattlebird
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Brown-headed Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater
Eastern Spinebill
Spotted Pardalote
White-browed Scrubwren
Brown Thornbill
Striated Thornbill
Buff-rumped Thornbill
Scarlet Robin
Flame Robin
Red-capped Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin
Rufous Whistler
Golden Whitsler
Grey Shrike-thrush
Grey Fantail
Rufous Fantail
Australian Magpie
Grey Currawong
Pied Currawong
White-winged Chough
Bassian Thrush
Michael Ramsey, Whittlesea, Vic.
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