Pied Butcherbird - Uriarra X-ing east

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Subject: Pied Butcherbird - Uriarra X-ing east
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2007 16:31:42 +1100

On Saturday at around 8.30am a Pied Butcherbird was seen adjacent Uriarra Crossing Rd as it descends 200m east of the turn off to Uriarra Crossing East.

Also saw 5 WB Woodswallows in cleared  area (previously pinus now plenty of acacia) along Warks Rd.  I haven't seen them that high in the Brindabellas before.


"Alastair Smith" <>

05/01/2007 09:35 PM

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[canberrabirds] 2006 Big Year

I have received a number of emails from Canberra birders enquiring how my ‘Big Year’ turned out. The ‘Big Year’ was my quest to see 200 species of wild bird within the geographical boundaries of the ACT in the 2006 calendar year.
Despite my initial belief that 200 species was an unobtainable total, I cracked that figure on 14 October with a Yellow-billed Spoonbill. Therefore at midnight on 31 December my ‘Big Year’ ended with a total of 208 species (and tears of joy from my wife and family). Fittingly the last species I recorded was the Black Honeyeater at Mulligans Flat on 5 December - my only lifer for 2006. My last bird watching excursion was out to Jerrabomberra  ‘Drylands’ on the afternoon of 31 December afternoon, the place where it had all begun 364 days previously.  
I increased my ACT list by 15 species to a total of 230 with some amazing birds that included the Black and Blue-faced Honeyeaters and the now un-extinct White-browed Babbler. Interestingly I dipped on Wonga Pigeon, a bird that I would have considered a certainty prior to the 2003 fires. I also dipped on Pied Butcherbird despite about five trips across town to Mulligans Flat to look for it after it was reported. I am also aware from this discussion forum that I dipped on at least 11 other species that were recorded by birders during the year including Little Button-Quail (heard at Goorooyaroo but not seen), three species of raptor; Black Falcon, Black Kite and Spotted Harrier, Spangled Drongo, Painted Honeyeater, Little Egret and Little Bittern.
I would like to thank those that encouraged me along the way and those people that provided me with information (and in one case a guided tour) to find species for my quest.
Finally for those people that scoff at the pursuit of ‘twitching’, I like to think that I made a contribution to the COG records database from the Big Year - I have submitted 242 surveys for the 2006 calendar year and a number of unusual bird reports. Also if there is enough interest and the editors willing, I would also like to write something about the year’s trials and tribulations for Canberra Bird Notes.
I wish Milburn good luck (but not too much) in his quest to break my record in 2007.

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