Gooroo South Woodland Survey 24 September 2016

To: 'Martin Butterfield' <>, 'Steve Holliday' <>
Subject: Gooroo South Woodland Survey 24 September 2016
From: Mark Clayton <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:21:14 +0000

Shining Bronze Cuckoos have been at The Charcoal Tank Nature Reserve near West Wyalong since early September. They were calling on the weekends of both September 2 and 3 and 22 and 23 but we didn’t catch and band any. Horsfield’s were far more common and we banded 4, all males, on the first weekend and they were calling on the 22 and 23.




From: Martin Butterfield [
Sent: Monday, 25 September 2017 11:02 AM
To: Steve Holliday
Cc: COG List; COGwoodland
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Gooroo South Woodland Survey 24 September 2016


I notice Steve's list includes Horsfields Bronze-Cuckoo (HBC) but not Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (SBC).  I have recorded HBC in Carwoola this year (and they were all over Mallacoota a couple of weeks ago) but no sign thus far of SBC.   I would have expected both to be around by now.  Are the SBC late this year?




On 24 September 2017 at 17:40, Steve Holliday <> wrote:

The spring survey in the southern half of Goorooyarroo was done by myself, Prue Buckley, and David and Kathy Cook this morning. The day started windy and cool and continued that way for the rest of the morning, with wind increasing. There was also the occasional spot of rain. The reserve was looking rather dry and overgrazed with not much in the way of spring wildflowers, apart from a few patches of Early Nancy. Despite this we managed to find 50 species during the morning with 45 of these during our 10 minute counts.


The highlight was at least 8 White-browed Woodswallows at site 1. Raptors were prevalent with a Wedge-tailed Eagle being buzzed by a Brown Falcon, a pair of Brown Goshawks circling together, with possibly a third different bird seen later, and up to 3 Nankeen Kestrels. Other interesting records included Varied Sittella, White-throated Treecreeper, a female Rose Robin, Speckled Warbler, Mistletoebird, large numbers of Grey Fantails (35 counted) and at least 9 Golden Whistlers. Summer migrants included Pallid, Fan-tailed and Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoos, Dusky Woodswallows, Western and White-throated Gerygones, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike and Rufous Whistler. Surprising misses were Olive-backed Oriole, Noisy Friarbird and Superb Parrot.


Also seen were an Echidna, 2 Wallaroos and 2 Swamp Wallabies; reptiles seen were 2 Shinglebacks and a Jacky Dragon




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