Red Hill Woodland Survey [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]

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Subject: Red Hill Woodland Survey [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]
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Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 02:42:43 +0000

Red Hill Woodland Survey – 30 March 2014


Due to heavy fog Stuart Harris and I deferred start until 8:30 (when it was still very foggy!) and as we were taking a couple of Red Hill Regenerator folk around with us we did all 9 sites together rather than splitting up. So finished quite late.


This had a bit of an impact on the birds recorded. Lots of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters on migration particularly from 11:00 am to midday – Over 1000 all up (largest flock 130) and these would not have been picked up if we had finished earlier. Ten White-naped Honeyeaters amongst the Yellow-faced.


It was pretty quiet to start with due to the fog, almost no small birds, but eventually picked up with several Scarlet Robins, ten Golden Whistlers, four Rufous Whistlers etc. Two new birds for the site – a Rainbow Bee-eater hawking at site 3, and two Red-capped Robins heard calling at site 4. A pair of hobbies being harassed by a flock of king-Parrots, gang-gangs and galahs was also cool, as was a duo of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos.


All up, 33 species recorded (20 at survey plots, an additional 13 between sites) is pretty close to average for an Autumn survey, but numbers, boosted by counts of migrating honeyeaters, produced the highest ever individual count for the surveys.


Harvey Perkins


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