Molonglo Gorge, Newline [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Subject: Molonglo Gorge, Newline [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: "Whitworth, Benjamin - BRS" <>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2008 18:15:02 +1000
Molonglo Gorge: Field Nats had a walk at Molonglo Gorge today. Saw >4 yellow robins, common bronzewing, lots of white-eared honeyeaters. After the walk had finished at 3pm I decided to hang around. Not much was happening until a light shower occurred and in one of those moments that make birding worthwhile birds started appearing from everywhere, with 5 yellow-tufted honeyeaters in view at once, a pair of white-throated treecreepers that came within 1m of me, scrubwrens, fairy wrens, & yellow robins all around. The spot was ~80m from the car park where a fence comes close to the trail.  During the walk we saw plenty of yellow-faced honeyeaters. Small flocks (usually 2-5) of white-napes were moving through. Some double bars and redbrows, brown thornbills, kookaburras and ravens were all seen during the walk. Strange, but I didnt see 1 red wattlebird.
Newline woodland: I was very surprised by previous reports of so many fuscous honeyeaters at Newline recently, the most I've seen has been 25 at once. So I decided to drop in on the way home. I wasn't disappointed! In one flowering tree I counted 70 fuscous, 3 white-napes and 2 yellow-faced. And there were more than 6 trees in flower. Other birds included a brown treecreeper, probably 2.   16 choughs, yellow-faced and white-napes, peaceful doves and a brown goshawk. 10 straw-necked ibis flew over. Other usuals, although I didnt see crested shrike tits or jacky winters. I definitely want to go back when it is warmer and sunnier to count those fuscous.

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