Finches at Cooleman Ridge NR

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Subject: Finches at Cooleman Ridge NR
From: "Tobias Hayashi" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009 11:24:36 +1000
Hi all,
Went birding up to Cooleman Ridge this morning, around my usual patch and the horse paddocks to the south and east. In part, was looking for the Zebra Finches and Red-capped Robin that Alastair Smith found on Saturday, but no show unfortunately.
However, there were good numbers of other finches. There were at least 10 Diamond Firetail, with at least 2 juveniles/dependant young, but the total figure was probably more like 20+ birds. There were heaps of Double-barred Finches, usually in groups of c.10, but probably more than 30-40 birds across that side of the ridge. Decent numbers of Red-browed as well. The thing to bear in mind with these numbers, are that the birds were spread over a wide area, and thus it was hard to assess exactly how many there were.
There were also 3+ Southern Whitefaces, 5 Gang-gang Cockatoos 2 Y-t B-cs and 4 Noisy Friarbirds.  
Migrating Y-f Honeyeaters were aplenty, with in excess of 130 birds going over, mostly heading NE. Interestingly, there were 2 groups (25+ each) of Striated Pardalotes moving W-NW.
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