Callum Brae, Mugga Lane

To: "'Margaret Leggoe'" <>
Subject: Callum Brae, Mugga Lane
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sun, 5 May 2013 12:08:50 +1000
All of those species are to be expected at Callum Brae / Mugga Lane entrance or anywhere else locally, of similar habitat. Especially at this time of year when many species are very mobile.
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From: Margaret Leggoe [
Sent: Sunday, 5 May 2013 11:13 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Callum Brae, Mugga Lane

I went in the Mugga Lane entrance this morning and set up my hide between the blackberries and the fence into the quarry.  There was a great variety of little birds there, though the position I was in made it difficult to get decent photos.  Of special interest (to me, at any rate) were three birds I had not seen on Callum Brae before.

Grey shrike thrush (GST) with mixed feeding flock.  I had to consider the possibility of it being a female golden whistler, so I played the GW playback and immediately a female GW appeared, and it was a different and much smaller bird than the one I reckoned was a GST.  GST made no noise and moved on very quickly with a mixed feeding flock.

White-eared honeyeater.  Have heard them previously, but today was the first time one materialised to confirm that I was hearing the right bird.

White-browed scrub wrens. 

Then there were many others usually seen in that location.


Spotted and striated pardalotes

Grey fantail

Superb fairy-wren


Striated thornbill

Brown thornbill

Scarlet robin

Noisy miner


Various psittacines.


Missing in action today were speckled warbler and red-browed firetail.


I seem to remember some suggestion that that corner of the quarry might some day become a part of Callum Brae.  I do hope this is true, because that corner is usually a great place to find little birds.


Margaret Leggoe


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