Woodland survey - Gooroo South

To: "Steve Holliday" <>
Subject: Woodland survey - Gooroo South
From: "Sue Lashko" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 14:42:02 +1000
....and yet another woodland survey report - for Newline on Sat 27 Sept.  Unlike Sunday at Mulligans, it was a still clear morning.  Lots of breeding activity - unfortunately a lot of it by Common Mynas and Starlings, both of which seem to be encroaching further into the woodland, rather than just on the edges.   Tree Martins, Galahs, Eastern Rosellas in hollows, YR Thornbills nest-building, Magpie-lark on nest.  Fantails at almost every sight, Noisy Friarbirds, at least 2 Peaceful Doves, Dusky Woodswallow, Jacky Winter, Sacred Kingfisher, OB Oriole, Speckled Warbler, Southern Whiteface, Brown Goshawk to name a few.  Also a  single Brown Treecreeper behaving crypticly, hopefully because the other half of the pair was on the nest.  The Fuscous HEs reported by Benj last week were nowhere to be seen, but lots of YFHE present.
On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 12:46 PM, Steve Holliday <> wrote:

Another woodland survey report, a belated one for the southern half of Goorooyarroo NR for Sunday 21 September. Surveyors were Dave & Kathy Cook, Prue Buckley and me. Weather was mostly good, a little windy later in the morning. Some of the things recorded -  female Rose Robin (only robin found), Tree and Fairy Martins, the latter building nests under an overhang in an eroded creek line in the grazing land adjacent to the reserve, Pallid Cuckoo (only cuckoo recorded), Superb Parrots (2), Kestrel & Brown Falcon, Sittellas, Dusky Wood swallows, nesting Choughs. We did find some small birds, although not in big numbers – both pardalotes, 4 spp of thornbill (not Yellow),  Weebills, Mistletoebirds, both gerygones






From: Nicki Taws [
Sent: Tuesday, 30 September 2008 9:44 AM
To: Jack and Andrea Holland; Michael & Janette Lenz; chat line
Subject: [canberrabirds] Woodland survey - Gooroo


I carried out the Woodland survey at Gooroo (north) yesterday (Mon) morning in much better weather than on Sunday. Despite being ideal conditions, like Michael at Campbell Park I was surprised at the low numbers of small birds. All thornbills were thin on the ground (and in the trees) whereas they are usually very numerous at Gooroo. Even Rufous Whistlers and Grey Fantails were relatively sparse. No Robins sighted. In contrast, Mistletoebirds were plentiful, and there is lots of mistletoe fruit although none of it seemed ripe just yet. Give it a month or so and it could be Painted Honeyeater heaven. Crested Shrike-tit and 3 Superb Parrots (a bit passe in that part of the world now)  were the highlights.



Nicki Taws


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