Woodland survey Mt Ainslie East, 3 April

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Subject: Woodland survey Mt Ainslie East, 3 April
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 17:06:18 +1100
Maybe the small woodland birds are in the suburban parks. Yesterday and today a good MFF in my local park, which I include in my GBS. Each time occupying about 3 trees but a different 3 between yesterday and today (only about 10 metres apart). Actually I don't know their whole day location, I was just there for about 5 minutes each time. I think 4 Golden Whistlers, at least 5 Grey Fantails, lots of Striated Thornbills and Spotted Pardalotes, some Brown Thornbills and Superb F-w. Supplemented yesterday by 1 Rufous Whistlers and today by 1 Leaden Flycatcher. No Yellow-faced HE in the past few dull days.
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From: Michael Lenz [
Sent: Saturday, 4 April 2015 11:43 AM
To: COGwoodland; chatline; Bounds, Jenny
Subject: [canberrabirds] Woodland survey Mt Ainslie East, 3 April

The survey was conducted under overcast and calm conditions on 3 April 2014. The area was very dry (as no doubt the whole region is), and several sites were heavily overgrazed by kangaroos. 
Small woodland birds were a rarity, in fact I have never encountered such paucity of small species on any earlier woodland survey of Mt Ainslie, and what was there was only presented with a few individuals. Fortunately site 8 (out of 9) included the only MFF on the walk. Again the MFF comprised few individuals, but a couple of interesting species: 1 juvenile Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo and an adult Shining Bronze Cuckoo.

Noisy Miners were present at 7 sites and were dominant at several of those.  Magpie-larks were found at 7 sites, an indication of how open and often rather bare the  ground was,. The most wide-spread species was the Crimson Rosella (at 8 out of 9 sites). Honeyeaters were represented with 1 Brown-headed HE in the MFF and a couple of Yellow-faced HE between sites. 34 species were recorded in total (27 at sites, of which 8 only in the MFF; and 7 species in between sites).

Michael Lenz
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