no survey, but an enjoyable pre-lunch session in the Gooroo Southwest corner.
Lots of starlings, including two, which managed to wake up a possum and flush it out of it's hollow.
Other highlights: OB Oriole, Grey Butcherbird and White-throated Gerygone (my first definite sighting) + 14 other spp.
--- On Tue, 30/9/08, Steve Holliday <> wrote:
From: Steve Holliday <>
Subject: [canberrabirds] Woodland survey - Gooroo South
Received: Tuesday, 30 September, 2008, 12:46 PM
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.