Majura Firing Range Woodland Survey

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Subject: Majura Firing Range Woodland Survey
From: "Paul Fennell" <>
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2009 15:11:39 +1100

Barbara Allan and I carried out the Majura Firing Range Woodland survey on Wed 1 April.  It was almost ready to be likely to rain, with a smidgin of faint Hebridean mist lasting until about 8.30.  It was overcast and still for a while, but around 9.30 a strong breeze got up which made visual and aural  recognition difficult.


The main ecological feature was the plaque of kangaroos.  I have been surveying there off and on for 10 years, and this year they are in genuine plague proportions.  Even serrated tussock is gnawed to ground level.  Every female appears to have two offspring at foot, and I believe the estimate of 9,000.


Highlights were few and far between on this survey, with four Hooded Robins and one Red-capped Robin being the only real things of interest to report.   No Brown Treecreepers spotted, although we looked in the area they were spotted last survey.  Little brown birds were notably absent, with only a few Buff-rumped thornbills at one site and spotted in transect.


One Scarlet Robin was heard near one site, and some female Scarlets were spotted in between sites at the southern end.






Paul Fennell


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From: Nicki Taws [
Sent: Friday, 3 April 2009 12:59 PM
Cc: Alison Rowell
Subject: [canberrabirds] Goorooyaroo woodland surveys


The woodland bird surveys of northern Goorooyaroo were carried out this Friday morning in fine and still conditions. Interestingly the mistletoe Amyema pendula was in good flower attracting numerous butterflies and a few Eastern Spinebills. These woodlands don't seem to feature on the honeyeater migration and today was no exception with only a handfull of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters sighted, even though there seem to be many honeyeaters moving through southern Canberra today.


As is usual for this time of year, the small birds were in large mixed feeding flocks which makes the survey sites either deadly quiet for small birds or frantically busy. These flocks are invariably made up of Buff-rumped and Striated Thornbills, Weebills and both pardalote species, with variable additions of Grey Fantails, Scarlet Robins, Yellow-rumped Thornbills, gerygones, Rufous Whistlers and a few other species.


An interesting surprise on one of the otherwise deadly quiet sites was a White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike dark morph. I passed through one of the usual haunts of Hooded Robins but didn't find any for the third season running. I was beginning to despair of seeing this species again at Gooroo when at the second last site I hit the jackpot with a Hooded Robin, Red-capped Robin and Scarlet Robin all within the site (plus Speckled Warbler).



Nicki Taws


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