COG Mulligans Flat bird survey

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Subject: COG Mulligans Flat bird survey
From: "Jenny Bounds" <>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2009 13:27:58 +1000
Greetings: The COG survey team enjoyed fine, mild weather today for the autumn woodland survey at the reserve, and a bit of a 'twitch' afterwards to see the Pied Butcherbird reported at the large dam site.  While some sites were very quiet, there were a number of feeding flocks, some quite large, and a good total of 48 species.  Autumn/winter birds, White-eared Honeyeater and Golden Whistler were recorded, as were a number of Scarlet Robins (the usual increase of birds at this time of year).  While we did not achieve three robins at the one site as occurred in nearby Goorooyarroo when Nicki Taws did the survey there last week, all 3 robins were recorded at various sites -  Hooded Robin pair in the usual area at site 22, a male Red-capped Robin near site 5 and Scarlet Robins, widespread in the reserve.  Other highlights of 48 species included a Speckled Warbler at site 4, two sites with Owl-let Nightjars calling (sites 3 and 4), two parties of Varied Sittellas, a pair of Collared Sparrowhawks perched in a dead tree and Pied Butcherbird at two sites.   It was good to find Common Mynas absent from the reserve on this survey.  Hopefully, once the Sanctuary fence is finished and closed and kangaroo grazing pressure is reduced, we will see the very eaten down ground layer start to recover.
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