Majura Firing Range Survey Thur 22 Sept 2016

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Subject: Majura Firing Range Survey Thur 22 Sept 2016
From: Paul Fennell <>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:26:51 +0000
Barbara and I were joined by the Defence Environmental Officer for the area, 
and had a shower free morning, but generally under an overcast sky. The ground 
was very wet, and a lot of sites had sheets of water drifting over significant 
areas.  Quite soggy, but not too muddy.

There were few surprises, and after a pretty good start in a couple of sites, 
the numbers dropped off a little. As would be expected at this time of the year 
there was a fair bit of apparent competition for nesting hollows, at sites 
where they were available, between Crimson and Eastern Rosellas,  Red-rumped 
Parrots, and Wood Ducks. There was evidence of returning migrant species, 
including Olive-backed Oriole, Rufous Whistler, Grey Fantail, Yellow-faced 
Honey-eater, and Pallid, Fan-tailed and Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo. There were 
no White-eared Honeyeaters and only one Eastern Spinebills observed. A Common 
Bronzewing was seen at one site, a slightly unusual sighting for this area.  
Grey Butcherbirds and Grey Shrike-thrushes were observed at a number of sites. 
A reasonable number of Laughing Kookaburras were seen and heard at a number of 
sites, and on the journey between sites, as were a group of Tree Martins and a 
Nankeen Kestrel and a single Yellow-rumped Thornbill.

There were Magpies and Magpie Larks at many site, but fewer Noisy Miners than 
usual. Some ittle brown birds were observed at some sites, but completely 
absent at others, including:. Buff-rumped and Brown Thornbill, Striated 
Pardalote, Superb Fairy-wren and Weebill. A group of Brown-headed Honeyeaters 
was at one site, as well as a lone Speckled Warbler.

Considering the very wet weather of the previous day, we were lucky to have 
such a reasonable morning’s birding.

Paul Fennell
Editor, COG Annual Bird Report

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