Cooleman Ridge activity

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Subject: Cooleman Ridge activity
From: "Jack and Andrea Holland" <>
Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2006 21:34:20 +1000
The foggy start with the raised moisture levels increased bird activity on the extreme NW end of Cooleman Ridge early on Friday morning.  While on dog walking duties at least 5 Rufous Songlarks were seen or heard (they seem to have established territories very early this season) with a similar number of Diamond Firetail (also calling), several Dusky Woodswallow and a Pallid Cuckoo, which has been uncharacteristically hanging around the area this year.  A lone White-winged Triller was also calling, unlike the northside (judging from the postings on this chat line) this species is there in lower numbers so far this year.  Perhaps like some of the other migrants it is taking longer to get to the southside this year.
Interestingly the activity seems to be a bit further up the slopes and over a wider area this year, compared with the hot spot right on the foot of the slopes where all the activity had been concentrated for the past 2 breeding seasons, particularly 2004-2005.
Jack Holland 
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