Chiltern birds - very quiet

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Subject: Chiltern birds - very quiet
From: Michael Ramsey <>
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2008 20:48:00 +1100
Hi all,

Just to comment on Martin's comments regarding Chiltern, it is also very dry at 
Killawarra Forest (another Box-Ironbark woodland, part of Warby Range State 
Park) in north-east Victoria as well.

As Martin said I have found evenings by small dams such as along North-west 
Lane or School House Road the best time to see birds. Understorey is very 
degraded in parts of the forest as well. In the evenings though, many of the 
expected birds can be seen as it cools down. I have noticed Robins (Red-capped, 
Hooded) and Thronbills (Buff-rumped, Yellow, Striated) have begun to form mixed 
feeding flocks too.

Birds seen at dams drinking in the evenings have included Common Bronzewings, 
Little and Noisy Friarbirds and Fuscous Honeyeaters. An Australian 
Owlet-Nightjar was heard last week.

Heres hoping for some rain soon.

Michael Ramsey, Wilby, Victoria.

> From: > To: > Date: 
> Fri, 14 Mar 2008 12:51:37 +1100> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Chiltern birds - very 
> quiet> > 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 > finding.> > 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> VICTORIA> > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~> > > > > > > > > > > > 
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