Another weekend at Wee Jasper (Lyrebirds, etc)

Subject: Another weekend at Wee Jasper (Lyrebirds, etc)
From: "Paul Mahoney" <>
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 23:15:16 +1000
Last weekend, Mark Clayton, Harvey Perkins, Peter Ewin (from Sydney) and I spent another weekend at Wee Jasper. Those of you familiar with these names will realise that one thing I have omitted from previous postings is that my study site is a bird banding site (so this could also have been subtitled 'more great birdbanding moments' in response to Geoffrey).

Arrived at WJ on Friday, with Saturday proving to be a good day before the rain set in overnight on Saturday night resulting in an early departure on Sunday morning. Despite the restricted time at the site, forty-three species were observed, including three new species for the site - Grey Butcherbird, Welcome Swallow and Spotted Quail-thrush. There was a pair of Quail-thrush wandering around for the whole afternoon, giving several good views. I am now up to ninety-two species here...

Other interesting observations included Australian Wood Duck reacting to the rain and potentially seeking breeding sites, the Peregrine Falcon still hanging around where it bred over summer, the first winter record of Australian Owlet-nightjar, some glorious song from Superb Lyrebird at dawn and after dusk (at least twelve species identifiable in the song, including Noisy Friarbird, Red Wattlebird, Crimson Rosella, Grey Shrike-thrush, Australian Magpie, Australian Magpie-lark, Eastern Yellow Robin, Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo, ...), the continuing presence of Red-browed Treecreeper, the winter return of Crescent Honeyeater and altitudinal migration of White-eared Honeyeater, the second record of White-plumed Honeyeater (!), and a green Satin Bowerbird.

The banding highlight was the Australian Owlet-nightjar caught at first light on Saturday morning. I know that Harvey got some photos of this prior to its release. Nobody seemed as keen to hold the Crimson Rosella for photos to be taken.


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