Subject: Mountain Ck Rd [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: "Whitworth, Benjamin - BRS" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 13:47:38 +1100

In the first week of January I visited Mountain Creek Rd sites.

Uriarra Forest- Sherwood lane (Mtn Ck Rd)

This interesting site about 1.4km from the corner of Uriarra rd starts off as grassy woodland, with two white winged trillers and a white faced heron, 2 nankeen kestrels. YR thornbills and Eastern rosellas had dependent young. Plus an echidna.


Walking up the hill there is a wet gully which had leaden flycatchers, scrubwrens,  and scarlet robins with dependent young. Striated thornbills had a nest with young. Bronzewings on a nest. Other interesting birds included a male Satin bowerbird, 2 sitellas, grey butcherbird, grey currawong, white throated gerygone. 6 WWC. A little eagle passed over. Wallaroo & swamp wallaby.


TSR 42: A small reserve with applebox and dense understory. Interesting birds included a sacred kingfisher (I think it was nesting), 42 little ravens, pied currawong with young, kookaburras, WW choughs, and spinebill.


TSR 60: A surprisingly good reserve, mainly large yellow box-red gum trees (with many hollows) with a native grass understory, a small hill with stringybarks, and a creek on the eastern edge. Birds included 5 dollarbirds- 2 were cf. 5 kookaburras. 2 Olive-backed orioles, 1 western gerygone. A hobby. A black falcon flew over, it caught something and was eating it (on the wing) while soaring higher, then plummeted towards Dingo flat.


Mullion homestead dam: Australasian grebes with 3 ny, coots with 2 dy. About 12 fairy martins and 16 swallows. 2 dusky woodswallows.  Strangely a swallow chased a small bat (at 3pm & 30 degrees c) for a while, then the bat chased the swallow. Other ducks such as Shovellers, hard heads & grey teal.



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