Wyperfeld; white-browed treecreepers etc.

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Subject: Wyperfeld; white-browed treecreepers etc.
From: "Simon Mustoe" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2006 20:05:45 +1000

Nathan Waugh and I headed up to Wyperfeld Friday night, beginning the early 
morning on the loop track with a search for malleefowl, which unfortunately 
proved fruitless all day despite finding two partially active mounds.

Redthroats were in partial song the usual site on the Lake Brambruk Track. We 
then headed up to the north entrance of the park near Patchwollock, to the 
Thomas and Thomas site for white-browed treecreeper. We didn't have high hopes, 
having heard little about this site from anyone else. It however proved very 
successful. Despite being quite windy, we managed to find three birds. The 
entrance begins at a gate and the track which runs east has a large area of 
Buloke woodland on its southern side. About 300m east, the road begins to 
undulate and there are a couple of rises. The woodland is slightly more dense 
in the dips between these. We found brown treecreepers on the tops and walked 
along the valleys until eventually we had great views of white-browed 
treecreepers. This site is far more convenient for those wanting to find this 
species easily from Melbourne, as opposed to travelling much further north to 
Yarrara. There was a good selection of other species including two male hooded 
robins, mulga parrots and major mitchells cockatoo.

On the way back south, we stopped at a couple of dams to look for dragonflies 
and flushed a banded lapwing.

We started Sunday morning at Koorooya State Park west of Bendigo. In the lower 
car park there was a heavily flowering broad-leaved peppermint with several 
purple-gaped honeyeaters and a singing  pallid cuckoo. On the drive to 
Whipstick, we had great views of spotted harrier.


Simon Mustoe.

Australian Shelduck
Pacific Black Duck
White-necked Heron
Black-shouldered Kite
Black Kite
Whistling Kite
Spotted Harrier
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Brown Falcon
Nankeen Kestrel
Banded Lapwing
Spotted Turtle-Dove
Common Bronzewing
Brush Bronzewing
Crested Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Musk Lorikeet
Little Lorikeet
Eastern Rosella
Australian Ringneck
Blue Bonnet
Red-rumped Parrot
Mulga Parrot
Regent Parrot
Pallid Cuckoo
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Barn Owl
Laughing Kookaburra
Rainbow Bee-eater
White-browed Treecreeper
Brown Treecreeper
Superb Fairy-wren
Splendid Fairy-wren
Variegated Fairy-wren
Spotted Pardalote
Striated Pardalote
Inland Thornbill
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill
Buff-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill
Southern Whiteface
Red Wattlebird
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Yellow-throated Miner
White-eared Honeyeater
Purple-gaped Honeyeater
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater
Brown-headed Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater
Eastern Spinebill
Jacky Winter
Red-capped Robin
Hooded Robin
Southern Scrub-robin
White-browed Babbler
Chestnut Quail-thrush
Varied Sittella
Crested Bellbird
Gilbert's Whistler
Rufous Whistler
Restless Flycatcher
Willie Wagtail
Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike
Masked Woodswallow
White-browed Woodswallow
Dusky Woodswallow
Australian Magpie
Grey Currawong
Australian Raven
Little Raven
White-winged Chough
Richard's Pipit
House Sparrow
European Goldfinch
Welcome Swallow
Tree Martin
Fairy Martin
Rufous Songlark
Brown Songlark
Common Blackbird

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