There was one Yellow-tufted Honeyeater on the slopes above the Murrumbidgee (east side of the river, 500m south of the Cotter Road bridge) yesterday evening. This follows on from seeing three Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters on my last walk at this spot two weeks ago.
There were also 20 Tree Martin along the Murrumbidgee yesterday - I presumed new arrivals.
Also of possible interest to birdos driving to the coast, Beth and I saw 12 Banded Lapwing in some fields along the Kings Highway near Braidwood. If travelling from Canberra the birds were in a field on the right hand side about 500m past the 30km to Braidwood sign. This was about three weeks ago - sorry for the slow response. [Not sure if sightings like this are of use to Damien Farine but I will certainly let him know when he is back in Canberra.]
Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2009 21:55:36 +1000
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] some Ainslie observations
Steve, some interesting sightings.
You might wonder whether the Rufous Whistler and the Grey Fantail have overwintered, or are among the first spring arrivals. I favour the former (very little spring activity so far, at least in my patch) though others may disagree. I did get a number of reports of the Grey Fantail for our winter birds bus trip on 19 July, and to my surprise we saw at least 3, possibly 4, one the day, the only ones I've seen this winter.
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