Double Heathwren day

Subject: Double Heathwren day
From: Ian Reid <>
Date: Wed, 22 May 2013 10:06:24 +0930
Dear All,

I spent yesterday in the field around Adelaide with Frank O'Connor who was briefly in town. A most enjoyable day with some good birds, highlights being -- as per the subject line -- both Chestnut-rumped and Shy Heathwren. Good list of honeyeaters, though nothing "special": Crescent, New Holland, Yellow-faced, Singing, Brown-headed, White-plumed, Spiny-cheeked, Purple-gaped, Tawny-crowned (h.o.), Eastern Spinebill, Red Wattlebird.

We started at Black Hill where it took some patience but eventually we were rewarded with decent views (though no photo op) of Chestnut-rumped Heathwren (Parkeri). Many thanks to those who responded to my RFI from a few weeks ago. It is really pleasing to see that they are still present in the hills. After breakfast we headed to Brown's Rd near Monarto where there was a surprising dearth of robins (Red-capped h.o.), best birds being Diamond Firetail, Brown Treecreeper and Owlet-nightjar (heard by both of us, but flushed from the ground into a deep hole in a tree before I got onto it). At Monarto CP we walked the loop trail and despite the late hour (1.30-2.30pm) had good views of a pair of Shy Heathwren, and brief views of Purple-gaped Honeyeater, but Scrub-Robin was heard-only. Finished off at Laratinga Wetlands on our way back to Adelaide where there are still (at least) four Freckled Duck. Also 3 Spotted Crake and a showy Spotless, but the water levels are much higher than late summer and so not the obvious numbers of crakes of earlier in the year.

Cheers, Ian

Prof. Ian Reid
School of Computer Science
University of Adelaide
Adelaide, 5005
ph: +61 (08) 83132135


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