Tour de Mulligans-Goorooyarroo

Subject: Tour de Mulligans-Goorooyarroo
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2006 11:19:09 +1100

I went for a 3-hour bike tour of Mulligans Flat and Goorooyarroo Woodland Reserves on Sunday morning. The following were highlights in the over 40 species seen/heard:

Mulligans Flat
- Far east of the reserve by a dam were 1 male Crested Shrike-tit, 3 Sacred Kingfishers (inc juvenile), 3 White-winged Trillers (inc 2 begging juveniles), Mistletoebird, immature Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Common Bronzewing.
- On the first dam near the car park were 5 Australasian Grebes (inc 4 young).
- Some 200m from the car park were a Grey Butcherbird, a Leaden Flycatcher, 2 Sacred Kingfishers, 6 Varied Sittellas and a Little Friarbird in eucalypt blossoms, also a Jacky Lizard. I could hear a Pallid Cuckoo calling from a nearby field (I have not heard or seen this species all summer???)
- By the large dam were a male and female Superb Parrots and a Shingleback Skink.

- In the far north of the reserve in excellent grassy woodland were 3 Hooded Robins (inc 1 juvenile = a successful breeding), 4 Speckled Warblers, a male Leaden Flycatcher and an Echidna. Nearby I watched a Spider Wasp dragging a large spider twice its size to its lair. There werent a lot of birds at Dunnarts Flat or along McKeahnie's Track.

The most common honeyeater was easily the Brown-headed Honeyeater, with 5 separate flocks heard. Both species of Gerygone were common and vocal.

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