White-browed Woodswallows et al at Wamboin

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Subject: White-browed Woodswallows et al at Wamboin
From: "David Cook" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 14:29:24 +1100
Following on from David McDonald's post, yesterday I went to the area of Birchman's Estate in Wamboin where the Chestnut-rumped Heathwrens were last year (blocks 15, 16, 17 and 18 for those in the know). It was cold and blowing a gale, but despite that there were both White-browed and Dusky Woodswallows feeding young, as well as Hooded Robins, Brown-headed and White-eared Honeyeaters, Varied Sittellas, Superb Fairy-wrens, White-throated Treecreepers, Mistletoebirds, and many of the more common species.

I went back this morning, the weather being both calmer and warmer, and struck avian gold!

Again I found both species of woodswallows feeding young, but this time also found some sitting on nests at less than head height.

Additionally, the Chestnut-rumped Heathwrens are still there and apparently thriving; Diamond Firetail juveniles very evident; Southern Whitefaces everywhere; White-winged Trillers feeding a fledgling; likewise Rufous Whistlers; Brown-headed Honeyeater adults and juveniles; several pairs of Hooded Robins and at least one pair feeding a fledgling. And many other species, eg Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes, both rosellas, Buff-rumped and Yellow-rumped Thornbills, Magpies, Fairy Martins, etc.

All in all, a great morning, and hopefully some good photos to boot.

None of these blocks have sold as yet, so if any of you cashed-up Coggies are looking for a tree change, this is the place! It would be a travesty to see these wooded blocks get trashed by horses or other livestock.

Here are a couple of White-browed Woodswallow shots from yesterday for those interested:


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