Drinking birds near Griffith

Subject: Drinking birds near Griffith
From: "Peter Ewin" <>
Date: Mon, 02 Jan 2006 17:52:53 +1100
I had to work on New Years Eve, just in case any one was foolish enough to want to visit Cocoparra NP in 40+ degree temperatures for the evening. Thankfully no-one was silly enough to be out there so I spent a bit of time watching birds coming into water at three locations (two in Binya SF and Woolshed Flat Dam in Cocoparra). Some interesting species as listed below. Looking at the BOM website the temperature peaked in Griffith at 43.8 degrees at 5 PM, and it was still 39 at 8PM. Not surprising the list was so long. Best birds were Bar-shouldered Dove and Yellow-plumed Honeyeater which are uncommon but regular in Cocoparra.

        Oak Dam Wattle Dam      Woolshed Dam
        18:15-18:45     19:10-19:20     20:00-20:30
Diamond Dove    D       D       -
Peaceful Dove   D       D       D
Bar-shouldered Dove     -       D       -
Common Bronzewing       D       D       D
Crested Pigeon  D       -       P
Galah   -       -       P
Mulga Parrot    D*      D       D
Mallee Ringneck D       -       -
Budgerigar      -       P       D*
Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo       D       -       -
Laughing Kookaburra     -       P       D
Sacred Kingfisher       -       -       D
Rainbow Bee-eater       D       -       D
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater        D       D       D
Striped Honeyeater      D       D       P
Singing Honeyeater      D       D       -
White-eared Honeyeater  -       D       D
White-plumed Honeyeater D       D       D
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater        -       -       D
Brown-headed Honeyeater D       D       D
Striated Pardalote      D       -       E
Southern Whiteface      D       -       -
Yellow-rumped Thornbill D       -       -
Grey Shrike-thrush      D       D       P
Rufous Whistler D       -       D
Grey Fantail    D       -       -
Willie Wagtail  D       D       D
Restless Flycatcher     -       D       D
Eastern Yellow Robin    -       -       E
Red-capped Robin        D       -       -
Hooded Robin    D       D       -
Jacky Winter    D       P       D
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike       -       P       -
White-winged Triller    D       D       D
Masked Woodswallow      D*      D*      D*
White-browed Woodswallow        D*      D*      D*
Grey Butcherbird        -       -       P
Australian Magpie       -       -       D
White-winged Chough     -       D*      D
Australian Raven        -       -       P
Diamond Firetail        D       D       D*
Rufous Songlark D       D*      -
Silvereye       D       -       -
Mistletoebird   -       -       D
        29      25      31

Eastern Grey Kangaroo   D       D       D
Lace Monitor    -       D       -

D - Drinking
P - Present (but not at water)
E - Edge of water but not drinking (the Pardalote was scared by the Raven and the Robin was feeding on insects)
- - Not present
* - Juveniles present

Went to The Rock NR yesterday and in the middle of the day had some interesting birds at water including a Collared Sparrowhawk, 3 Leaden Flycatchers and a Speckled Warbler. Also there were another Lace Monitor and at least 8 Swamp Wallabies (not bad for 43 degrees at 12PM).


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