Tharwa Sandwash 12-5-09

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Subject: Tharwa Sandwash 12-5-09
From: "Esme Barker and Bruce Ramsay" <>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 13:15:01 +1000
Possibly the effects of winter (although the morning was beautiful to be honest) - but Tharwa Sandwash this morning was down in numbers of both individuals and species. Only 21 species seen - my lowest total since last September when I started visiting the location each month. Unlike more recent months, only a negligible number of Honeyeaters (2 White-plumed and 1 Fuscous were all that were around today) and a very surprising lack of small birds - only a single Brown Thornbill, a few Wrens and 2 each of Weebill and Silvereye.
However, the area wasn't completely bereft of interesting sightings - for me the most noteworthy were:
a White-bellied Sea-Eagle flying past quite low as it followed the course of the river downstream - the same sighting as I made last month of, I assume, the same bird
3 Scarlet Robin - male, female and immature
male and female/immature Flame Robin
2 Grey Shrike-thrush
a Restless Flycatcher - a very striking bird which I haven't seen for a few years, so it was very rewarding to spot one today
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