Beyond the Lemon Drift

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Subject: Beyond the Lemon Drift
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 05:34:24 +0000

Over the last few days I made a little excursion to our west.  Not all that pleasant as I ran into a burst of Sprinter  -  cold, windy, with occasional showers passing through, notwithstanding gloomy promises on the Country Hour that there was absolutely no rain in sight.  Clearly there is RAIN, and then just insignificant wintry precipitation.  Overnighting at the Urana caravan park, I added a new species to the park bird list.  I’ll leave you to guess, offering the clue that the name is an anagram of “I aid a lemon drift”.  Moving on to the Wanganella TSR, I found the sandhill with the help of Sandra’s excellent directions, but no Wb Swallows just yet. Martin might like to defer his swallow-hunting expedition for a month or so.  On the other hand the Wanganella caravan park was a very birdy spot with a good mix of mini-habitats and many flowering shrubs.  I found 8 species of honeyeater, largely due to the flowering mistletoe.  In view of the miserable forecast I turned back at that point, choosing a route through Junee.  The advertised ‘Urban Wetland’ did not have many waterbirds but it did have an elaborate well-constructed boardwalk that offered a fine view over the sad-looking dormant typha.  Moreover, the site is a headquarters of Little Grassbirds (at least 3 pairs) that offered the usual brief views, or perhaps not quite as brief as usual as they appeared to be collecting typha fluff for nesting.




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