Soggy gullies in the Brindies

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Subject: Soggy gullies in the Brindies
From: "martin butterfield" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 11:59:53 +1100
In an earlier posting I commented that it was time I repeated a trip to the Blundell's Ck Rd area to see what was happening there a year after the Satin Flycatcher expedition last year.  Barbara Allan was again able to accompany me so we set off early on 20 January.  The clouds over Bulls Head did not look promising (for birding, but quite optimistic for gardens and dam filling).
Once into Blundell's Ck Rd we stopped about 1km down as there were a lot of birds calling and zipping around.  The more interesting ones were Flame Robins (all brown birds) Lewin's Honeyeater (at least 2), Sain Flycatcher (family group of 3); Leaden Flycatcher, Fan-tailed cuckoo posing nicely for us to see and another 1 at least calling in the background; lots of honeyeaters including yellow-faced, white-eared, white-naped and Lewins (addition to my ACT list) and a Mystery Bird.  Looking at said Mystery Bird occupied us for quite some time before it made a decision to depart.  A working hyothesis of Juvenile Something was achieved
We then followed its example and departed down to the intersection with Warks Rd where the vehicle was parked.  The first call identified was that of the Thunder God.  Ignoring this hint and marvelling at how the vegetation was regrowing (also the amount of water running in both creeks) we wandered uphill.  A yeelow faced honey eater was seen feeding young and a Satin Flycatcher sitting on a nest in a most lightning prone position.  Round about this time the offspring of the Thunder God made its soggy presence known and we decided that any sensible birds were heading for shelter and gave up. 
The dam at Urriara Homestead was scanned through a rain spotted windscreen with nothing noteworthy.  Despite the rain having stopped, no Common Sandpiper was visible at Urriara Crossing.  On getting back to Downtown Page a number of bird books were scanned to try to get a little more specific about the identity of the Mystery Bird.  Eventually we gave up nd I ame back to check my copy of the NPI books.  As I got home Barbara rang to say she had picked the ID of the beasty from HANZAB as a juvenile Olive Whistler.  Checking the relavant photo in the NPI confirmed this (and thus added another notch to my ACT list).
Despite the early retreat a most enjoyable trip, which seened to answer positively the question as to whether the wet gully birds had returned. 
David McDonald: please put my ACT total to 208spps. 
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