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|Subject:||The Wild East|
|From:||martin butterfield <>|
|Date:||Sat, 13 Jun 2009 10:17:39 +1000|
Yesterday I called in at both Newline and Kellys Swamp to see what was around in the cold.|
Newline featured several of the specials of the area: 3 Brown Trecreepers (including one who had decided the efficient way to feed was to squat on an ant bed and munch the residents as they appeared); at least 10 Southern Whiteface (which were feeding as part of mixed flocks in a couple of areas of the paddock); and a Speckled Warbler. Also a female Scarlet Robin, which isn't uncommon but I mention because they are really charming little birds.
Kelly's was rather quiet, with few waterfowl of limited diversity. However going over to the heath - ie the ridgeline behind Fulica hide - a couple of eucalypts were showing some flowers. The local honeyeaters were taking advantage of this with New Holland. Fuscous, White-naped and White-plumed HEs and a Red Wattlebird all dining in these trees.
The most outstanding feature of the shrubbed area of Kellys was the amount of digging by rabbits. I am expecting a Chinese mining company to make a bid to take them over any time from now. Reducing their numbers should certainly be an issue raised at the Round Table.
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