Report on COG Outing

To: "'Canberra Birds'" <>, "Sue Lashko" <>
Subject: Report on COG Outing
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Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 15:14:03 +1000
Despite a dire forecast of rain and winds, 4 May turned out a cold, reasonably still and delightfully sunny morning, attracting 11 COG members plus two visitors from Brisbane. However, we had a very ordinary start in the reserve area just north of the Defence Building, encountering a large (and very) Noisy Miner flock which had displaced all but the two Rosella species, a few Magpies, Galahs and Red-rumped Parrots. Away from the Noisies, things improved, with good views of a perched Common Bronzewing, and then some flocks of small birds, mainly Spotted Pardalote, Buff-rumped Thornbill and Weebill, and subsequently Golden Whistler, Grey Butcherbird, Grey Fantail, White-eared Honeyeater and Superb Fairy Wren. Nearby  were several intact White-winged Chough nests, clearly not in use in this season, but eventually we came upon a flock of more than a dozen choughs themselves. These could well be the progeny of the ones filmed ‘kidnapping’ at Campbell Park by David Attenborough’s team for the BBC “Life of Birds Series”. Coming out onto Telecom Road we walked for about 400m, but after recording only a single Laughing Kookaburra, we returned to the forest to be greeted by a spectacular mixed-feeding flock of Buff-rumped, Yellow-rumped and Brown Thornbills, Varied Sitella, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Spotted Pardalote and a Scarlet Robin pair. Coming back to the very eastern edge of the reserve, a large fallen log in grassland just outside the boundary had a Willie Wagtail pair, Australasian Pipit, four Flame Robins and perhaps the morning’s highlight, a Jacky Winter. A species total of 35 is a good result for this season.
Bruce Lindenmayer.
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