K2C bird survey Sunday 18 April.

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Subject: K2C bird survey Sunday 18 April.
From: "Nicki Taws" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 10:32:58 +1000
The inaugural K2C bird survey was held on Sunday 18 April across 23 properties in an area stretching from Williamsdale in the north to south of Bredbo. The survey aims to monitor birds in woodlands and grassland where conservtion actions are being undertaken, and to provide feedback to landholders involved in K2C (Kosciuszko to Coast) on the outcomes of their conservation actions.
The 21 COG participants were grouped into small teams and allocated a number of sites to survey across two or more properties during the morning. A fog had not been on the agenda when leaving Canberra on a beautiful bright morning, however Michelago to Bredbo were enshrouded in what was reportedly the first decent fog of the season, which took an hour or more to clear into a typical sunny autumn day.
The 38 survey sites covered a variety of vegetation types and qualities ranging from Lovely Grassland (ie. Love Grass paddocks, either untreated or being revegetated with native trees and shrubs), and one truly lovely native grassland site, through to Yellow Box and/or Apple Box woodlands, some with degraded understorey, some being revegetated with tubestock or direct-seeding, some regenerating naturally, and some other very intact box woodlands.
The honeyeater migration was a feature of the morning, particularly the Yellow-faced, with about one-quarter White-naped and a smattering of Fuscous and White-eared. Once the fog cleared they popped their heads up over the ridge on the eastern side of the Murrumbidgee and streamed through some of the sites in their hundreds. At one site near Williamsdale, over one thousand were counted in the 20 minutes using a 15 year old tree planting as an east-west corridor to cross the cleared paddocks.
The most significant record of the morning was of three Glossy Black-Cockatoos at the aptly-named "Cockatoo" property on the southern end of the Tinderries. The cockatoos flew over the survey site in box woodland at the foot of a large granite hill, heading for the stands of Drooping She-oak higher up.
Other significant sightings were Hooded Robin on six properties, Diamond Firetail on ten properties, Brown Treecreeper (five properties), Speckled Warbler (three properties), Scarlet Robin (three properties), Southern Whiteface (nine properties), and 3 Peaceful Dove at the most southerly property surveyed.  A total of 83 species were recorded for the morning; 9 of these were wetland species recorded on a couple of large dams on the surveyed properties including Musk Duck and Australasian Shoveler.
Nicki Taws
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