Prue and I did our winter survey in the southern half of Gooroo this morning, in cold but fine conditions. Most sites were fairly quiet but we did encounter 2 mixed feeding flocks, and recorded 40 species in total, despite missing a few we usually find.
Highlights were a Yellow Thornbill near site 5 and a couple of Fuscous Honeyeaters near site 8, both species rarely recorded on our surveys. Species in or near the mixed flocks included Scarlet Robin, Eastern Spinebill, all 5 of the local thornbills, Weebills, Golden Whistlers and Striated Pardalotes. A male Mistletoebird was at site 9 and a brown Flame Robin near site 1. Other honeyeaters besides Fuscous and Spinebills were Yellow-faced, Brown-headed, White-plumed and White-eared. The only raptors seen were two Wedge-tailed Eagles over Sammy’s Hill.
Other fauna was scarce but we did see a Swamp Wallaby, and heard Common Froglets and a Verreaux’s Tree Frog.