The spring survey in Gooroo north was held on a fine, cool and mercifully still morning. Conditions could not be more of a contrast to last year’s record wet, with dams nearly empty, the grass mown short and few wildflowers. Perhaps the
best indication of the dry was the presence of a couple of White-browed Woodswallows and a Red-capped Robin.
Despite the dry, 52 species were recorded. Most summer migrants were present: Pallid Cuckoo, Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo,
Western and White-throated Gerygone, Noisy Friarbird, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Dusky Woodswallow, Rufous Whistler, Leaden Flycatcher, Sacred Kingfisher, Olive-backed Oriole, Mistletoebird and a couple of Superb Parrots. Other
highlights were Varied Sittella, Scarlet Robin and Speckled Warbler. The only small honeyeaters were White-eared and Brown-headed, and the only raptor a Nankeen Kestrel sitting at a hollow.