Mulligan's Update

To: Terry Bell <>
Subject: Mulligan's Update
From: David Rees <>
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 01:00:09 +0000
Is that not an 'echidna train' - that time of year!  Since the foxes have been kept out, echidnas have become to my mind a lot more obvious in there.  Same goes for the vastly increased numbers of Red-necked and Swamp Wallabies in there.  These species do OK round Canberra in dense vegetation, but now they seem to be doing very well in this open habitat.  I suspect the young ones struggle with fox predation in open habitat, unless they get protection from cover. 


On Sat, Sep 2, 2017 at 8:44 AM, Terry Bell <> wrote:
Point 1 is a rather prickly subject !

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On 1 Sep 2017, at 8:25 pm, Julie Clark <> wrote:

Hi All,

Mulligan's has been as interesting as usual the past couple of weeks.

My highlights:
  • 4 echidnas together ... not sure if this was part of the mating process or not ... 4 in a row .. possibly males following a female but I have no real knowledge of echidna behaviour at all
  • flame robins have been present for the past 2 or more weeks. I have seen up to six at a time, but different combinations each time. In total I've seen 2 adult males, 5 brown birds and 1 (possibly 2) immature males ... 8 or more birds. Prior to this I had only ever seen flame robins on about 3 occasions and  never an adult male. First time I've seen an immature Flame Robin anywhere.
  • Bush Stone-curlew sightings have decreased, but I have had two sightings in two weeks. The last was of two birds on Tuesday .... D6 (female) and another, but haven't been able to ID the second bird as yet.
  • Plenty of small birds - scarlet robins, speckled warblers, thornbills (all 5 as David reported), weebills, varied sittellas, brown-headed honeyeaters, pardalotes etc....
  • Also, a few grey currawongs around .... a sighting I always enjoy ..

Photos on Flickr ....

(also Instagram...)

Julie Clark

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