More Blitz Reports - Murrumbidge River Corridor

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Subject: More Blitz Reports - Murrumbidge River Corridor
From: "Bell, Rosemary \(DPS\)" <>
Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2005 12:14:00 +1100

I blitzed two grids along the Murrumbidgee River Corridor (MRC) from Point Hut Crossing to Pine Island, and Red Rocks Gorge to Kambah Pool. I saw a total of 58 species, plus 3 feral chooks in long grass upstream from Kambah Pool.

Only six species were seen at each survey site, with the most abundant being Superb Fairy Wren, Aus. Wood Duck and Sulphur-crested Cockatoo. Yellow-faced Honeyeaters were seen in small numbers (4-6 birds) at each site. I saw all the core species identified by the 1986 survey of the MRC, with the exception of the Brown Thornbill. Perhaps the lack of dense shrub vegetation since the fires might be the cause?

Only two raptors (a wedgie and a peregrine), both upstream from Kambah Pool and both being harassed by the same pair of busy pied currawongs.

Only four breeding records, but they included white-faced herons on a nest, and white-winged choughs feeding two young.

Thanks Barbara for organising this. Records in the mail.

Rosemary Bell


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