K2C bird surveys on Sunday 13 April

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Date: Sat, 26 Apr 2014 16:46:35 +1000

K2C bird surveys on Sunday 13 April


The ninth bird survey in the K2C region between Williamsdale and Bredbo was held on the 13th April. After a couple of weeks of soaking rains we were fortunate to have dry conditions for the morning to survey 40 sites across 21 properties. It turned out to be a day of robins with Scarlet Robin seen on 14 properties, Flame Robin on three, Hooded Robin on four and Eastern Yellow Robin on five properties. Brown Treecreeper was found on six properties, Diamond Firetail on five and Restless Flycatcher on three. The best site of the day was perhaps one of the most unassuming – a riparian planting with four-year-old trees and shrubs on “The Creek”. The trees are only just reaching the height at which small birds will use them and often there are only a few Superb Fairy-wrens and Yellow-rumped Thornbill in the site. However during the survey the planting was full of these more common species but also 15 Diamond Firetail, 4 Flame Robin and 2 Scarlet Robin, while nearly 400 Yellow-faced Honeyeater passed through the site. This was the highest number of honeyeaters recorded during the survey. In more favourable conditions during past autumn surveys this number has been recorded at many sites as the birds stream across the Murrumbidgee River but conditions for this survey were generally too windy or overcast. The 15 birders enjoyed and sharing the morning’s results over a barbeque lunch at the shearing shed on Bush Heritage Australia’s Scottsdale Reserve. Thank you once again to the landholders for access, to Bush Heritage for covering the lunch and the COG members for helping with the survey. The next K2C bird survey is on Sunday 12 October.





Nicki Taws

0408 210736


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