Chiltern birds - very quiet

Subject: Chiltern birds - very quiet
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2008 12:51:37 +1100
Just advising that the box-ironbark woodlands around Chiltern in north 
east Victoria are currently very quiet bird-wise (it's also very hot and 
dry up that way at the moment).

Local naturalist Eileen Collins advises that she failed to see or hear any 
Turquoise Parrots in a walk in the park this morning.  While in the area 
over last Christmas we noted a complete lack of understorey in many parts 
of the park around Chiltern and also some tree crown die back in other 
areas.  There are very few honeyeaters about and what is about takes some 

I can recommend visitors spend some time staking out the dam sites (eg. 
Lappins Dam on Lappins Track) in the park, especially towards the end of 
the day after the main heat is subsiding.  This can be quite productive, 
with birds drinking as well as mammals and reptiles coming down to drink 
or bathe.  The other birding technique of course is to get out very early, 
when birds are calling during the dawn chorus ... 

Hopefully there will be some good rains for north east Victoria in the 
coming weeks but so far it is not looking promising.

cheers, Martin

Martin O'Brien
Department of Sustainability and Environment
2/8 Nicholson St. (PO Box 500),
East Melbourne  3002


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